Associate Professor of English
My current research interests are comics/graphic novels and gender studies. My main comics project right now is a collection of scholarly essays called Ms. Marvel in America, co-edited with fellow comics scholar Hussein Rashid, and forthcoming on University Press of Mississippi in 2018.
I also have an article about teaching comics coming out in the edited collection Comics and Graphic Novels: Pedagogy and Practice for a New Century, edited by David Seelow, and forthcoming on McFarland in 2018.
I just moved my comics review blog to my own site: commonscomics.com. You can read an article about my work with comics here, https://www.goshen.edu/news/2016/07/25/english-professor-teaches-researches-creative-expression-comics/, and one about the special journal issue I co-edited here, https://www.goshen.edu/news/2016/07/25/comics-issue-mennonite-writing-journal-feature-gc-students-alums/
I’m always working on creative pieces of my own, mostly fiction and creative nonfiction.
I also love working with my writing students to take the next step in the creative writing process and send out their work for publication.
CORE 110, Academic Voice
ENGL 235, Graphic Novel
CORE Goshen Seminar, “Are We Still Human?”
ENGL 330 Writing Fiction
ENGL/COMM Expository Writing
110 Literature and Writing: “Truth, Fiction, and Storytelling,” “Medical Myths”
- 201 Postcolonial Literature
- 203 Introduction to Creative Writing
- 300 Critical Theory
- MCLL 300, International Classics
- 303 American Literature Survey
- 307/WOST 325, Writing the Body
- 309 American Literature II
- 330 Writing Fiction
- 336 Writing Memoir
- COMM 385, WOST 325, Gender and Popular Culture
Ms. Marvel in America. Co-editor with Hussein Rashid. Forthcoming on University Press of Mississippi, 2018.
“‘How Would You Represent Yourself?’ Undergraduate Women Draw Their Iconic Selves.” Forthcoming in Comics and Graphic Novels: Pedagogy and Practice for a New Century, ed. David Seelow, McFarland Books, 2018.
Graphic Novel special issue, Center for Mennonite Writing Journal, co-editor with Mary Roth, 2016
Review of Blush for Journal of Mennonite Studies (2016).
“Instructions for the Bereft. Chapter VIII: Returning to Work. b) In a Small Town.” Booth: A Journal. November 2015. http://booth.butler.edu/2015/11/27/instructions-for-the-bereft/
Broken and Blessed: The Writing of Heidi Siemens-Rhodes. Co-editor with Bethany Swope. Pinchpenny Press, June 2015.
“Thoughts on Letting Go.” Essay in Three Minus One, book project accompanying the film Return to Zero. Eds. Brooke Warner and Sean Hanish. She Writes Press. April 2014.
Review of Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels for Mennonite Quarterly Review, January 2014.
Review of Demanding Respect: The Evolution of the American Comic Book. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 12:1 (January 2011). www.safundi.com
“Jean Toomer.” Entry in Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Continuing Maple Scholars project begun summer 2010, “Stories of Traumatic Birth, Grief, and Hope,” interview project with student Chelsea Kauffman.
Review of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. Center for Mennonite Writing Journal 1:5 (September 2009). www.mennonitewriting.org
“Bloodlust for the Common Man: The Sopranos Confronts Its Volatile American Audience.” Reading the Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO. Ed. David Lavery. Reading Contemporary Television Series. London: I.B. Tauris, 2006.
“Stillborns, Orphans, and Self-Proclaimed Virgins: Packaging and Policing the Rural Women of Cane.” Genders 42 (Fall 2005): 17 pp. www.genders.org
“What Remains: (De)composing and (Re)covering American Identity in As I Lay Dying and the Georgia Crematory Scandal.” Co-written with Kyle Schlabach. Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 36.1 (Spring 2003): 38-55.
- Mininger grant summer 2017 for Blogging for Artists and Writers class at Interlochen College of Creative Arts, MI
- Mininger grant summer 2016 for Typesetting One at the Center for Book Arts, NYC
- Mininger grant summer 2015 for Indiana University Writers’ Conference (with Lynda Barry and Dan Chaon)
- Mininger grant summer 2014 for online Fiction Writing class at the New School, New York City
- Mininger grant summer 2011 for Fiction Writing workshop at Drew University, Madison, NJ
- Maple Scholars, Summer 2010, Interview project, “Stories of Traumatic Birth, Grief, and Hope”
- Mininger Conference Grant, March 2009, Iowa Summers Writers’ Conference
- Mininger Conference Grant, March 2008, Indiana University Writers’ Conference
Indiana University, Bloomington
- Departmental Teaching Fellow, Fall 2002–Spring 2004
- President’s Summer Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant, Summer 2003
- Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Indiana University English Department, Fall 2001–Spring 2002
- TERA Award for Outstanding Teaching, Spring 2000
- Honors Thesis in Women’s Studies, Spring 1992
- Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 1992
- Writing Advisory Board (chair)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Study day committee
- MLK, Jr., Day Coffeehouse, coordinator
- Adviser for Pinchpenny Press
- Core Curriculum Committee
- Faculty Mentor
- Academic advising
- Evaluator of scholarship applications for Celebrate Scholars weekend
- Mininger Review Team (ad-hoc)
- Grievance Committee (past)
- Maple Scholars committee (past)
- Adviser for Red Cents (past)
- Adviser for Is the Word poetry slam (past)
- Youth Mentor, Assembly Mennonite Church
- Worship Leader, Assembly Mennonite Church, Fall 2014
- Visit to Campus Center for Young Children class, Spring 2013 and 2014
- Conversational Spanish class, Spring 2012
- Help-a-House, Summer 2011
- Globe Fund Drive, yearly
- Disc Jockey, “Could Lead to Dancing,” WGCS-FM, The Globe, 2007-present
- Disc Jockey (DJ NoCoast), “Crop Circles,” Breakthruradio.com, Fall 2008-Spring 2010
- Actor and bassist, “Action Comedy,” New World Arts, Spring 2007
History of Comics talk at Goshen Public Library for Free Comic Book Day, May 2017.
Faculty and alumni reading, spring 2017
“I Heart Comics: The Cultural Power of Comics and Graphic Novels,” Afternoon Sabbatical, February 2017.
‘Tis the Season benefit, invited reader, Ignition Music Garage, Winter 2016
Goshen Writers Read, invited reader, Art House, Fall 2016
Goshen Green Drinks, invited speaker, Summer 2016
“The New Ms. Marvel: ‘Inhuman’ Teen, Muslim Superhero, Cyborg Goddess.” Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference. Seattle, WA, March 2016.
Goshen Writers Read, Fall 2015
“Shape-Shifting to Fit the Body Politic: Ms. Marvel’s Complex Battle for Justice, Assimilation, and Survival.” University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Gainesville, Florida, April 2015.
Three Minus One book release. Better World Books, Goshen IN, June 2014.
Sermon, “Living with the Lost: Story as Resurrection.” Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen IN, May 2014.
Goshen Graphix II book release. Better World Books, Goshen IN, April 2014.
“Chris Ware’s Building Stories: Revisiting and Revising Modernism in the Midwest.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. University of Louisville, Louisville KY, February 2014.
Presentation on Goshen College at What English Professors Do All Day. Notre Dame Graduate English Department, South Bend IN, November 2013.
“Representing Reproduction in Aya of Yop City.” Midwestern Conference on Language, Literature, and Media. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL, March 2013.
Excerpt from “Spring and Fall.” Art in the Barn, Goshen IN, October 2011
“The Changing Student ‘Self’ at a Religious Liberal Arts College: Assessing and Adjusting the First-Year Writing Curriculum to Address Major Changes in the Student Body.” Panel Presentation, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bloomington IN, October 2009
“Freaks, Geeks, and Paupers: Biologizing Class in a Democratic Utopia,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 2007
“The Bluest Eye: Story over Stereotype,” Women’s Studies Week Lecture, Goshen College, February 2007
“Eugenics and Popular Culture,” Invited Class Presentation, History of Eugenics Graduate Seminar, Indiana U—Purdue U, Indianapolis, November 2006
“What Remains? Composing and Decomposing National History with the Georgia Mortuary Scandal” (joint presentation with Kyle Schlabach, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, November 2002
“Whose New Race? Sanger, Toomer, and 1920s Narratives of American Eugenics, ” Society for Literature and Science Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, October 2000
“Engineering Subversion: Our Geek American Heritage,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 2000
“Reproducing a Feminist Nation from 1915 to the Edge of the Millennium,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 1999
“Mothering Subversion: Pop Culture Moms ‘Nurture’ Resistance to Institutionalized Reproduction,” Society for Literature and Science Annual Convention, Gainesville, FL, November 1998
“Protecting Our Mothers, Defining Ourselves,” University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, February 1998
Modern Language Association
Midwest Modern Language Association
Science and Literature Society
Popular Culture Association