About Me

Formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University Southeast, I specialize in African American literature (particularly drama) and 20th century American fiction.

I completed my PhD in English at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 2011. My dissertation,“This is Harlem Speaking Now”: The Cultural Politics of Vernacular and Twentieth Century African American Agitprop Theater examined the use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in Black drama of the 20th century and its political effects. Part of my ongoing research includes study of under-examined plays and the way these texts shaped culture and language in the 20th century

I am currently working on research about the Third World Women’s Alliance and their work in applied theatre. Upcoming projects include digital humanities approaches to the work of the Free Southern Theatre and Indiana’s connections to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

My teaching experience and interests encompass everything from college composition for multilingual students to American film. These days, you will most often find me teaching an American literature survey.

Originally from Massachusetts, I now live in the region known as “Kentuckiana” with my husband Brian and our animal companions Riesling the cat and Roxy the dog. I’m also a vegan and avid runner–so those topics might intrude into the blog from time to time.

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