Associate Professor of English
Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages
- “Cross-Pollinating Appalachian Communities: Insider/Outsider Knowledge in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia. Ed. Leslie Worthington and Jürgen Grandt. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P., 2017.
- “Rewriting the Corpse in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body.” Southern Quarterly 53.1 (Fall 2015). 29-44.
- “Reading around the Narrator in Lee Smith’s Oral History.” Journal of Appalachian Studies 21.1 (Spring 2015): 7-20.
- “Transformational Spectacle in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Feather Crowns.” Southern Literary Journal 45.1 (Fall 2012): 39-55.
- “Affrilachian Poetry and the Evolution of a Regional Identity.” Transitions: Race, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change. Ed. Hanna Wallinger. American Studies in Austria Series. Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2006. 211-24.
- Review Essay: “The Allegiances of Strangers.” Fallen Land by Taylor Brown and The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard. North Carolina Literary Review Online 2017, 77-81. https://issuu.com/eastcarolina/docs/2017-nclronline/76
- Review: Pavel Cenkl, ed. Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2010. Journal of Ecocriticism 4.2 (Summer 2012), 95-97. http://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/joe/article/view/402/397
- Review essay: Hillbilly by Anthony Harkins, The Southern Highlander and his Homeland by John C. Campbell, and Hill Folks by Brooks Blevins. Western Folklore 63.4 (Fall 2004), 365-368.
- Reference article: “Suzan-Lori Parks” in Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color. University of Minnesota. Spring 2004. http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/parksSuzan.php
- Review: Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Grieg. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003. Women Writers Winter 2004.
- “Teaching an Entirely Open Access Survey.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Assocation, Salt Lake City, UT. October 2016.
- “Using Freely Available Texts in a Literature Classroom.” USG Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. April 2016.
- “The Embodied Justice of Beloved.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Boston, MA. March 2016.
- “Teaching O’Connor in the Era of Trigger Warnings.” Flannery O’Connor and Other Southern Women Writers Conference. Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. September 2015.
- “‘A story that’s truer than true’: Reading around the Narrator in Lee Smith’s Oral History. Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Arlington, VA. March 2014.
- “Renegotiating the Southern Past in Suzan Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body.” Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College, Georgia. September 2012.
- “The Stains of History in Fred Chappell’s ‘Ancestors’.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Nashville. March 2012.
- “Kingsolver’s Trans-regional Ecologies: the Place of the Local in the Global.” The Preservation of Place: Regionalism and Ecological Conservation. South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta. November 2011.
- “Signs and Spectacles in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Feather Crowns” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, New Orleans. April 2010.
- “Standing Her Ground: Rural Lesbian Narratives.” American Studies Association, Washington, D.C. November 2005.
- “Cross-Cultural Transactions in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College, Georgia. September 2005.
- “Affrilachians and Hillbillies: Poetry and the Evolution of a Regional Identity.” Austrian Association of American Studies, Salzburg. November 2004.
- “Family and Cultural Conflict in Rural American Women’s Literature.” Chesapeake American Studies Association, University of Maryland, College Park. April 2003.
- “Co-housing: A Contemporary Approach to Addressing Gilman’s Problems with the Home.” Mid-America American Studies Association, Creighton University, Omaha. April 1999.
- “Backwood Lives and Big City Dreams: Competing Publics in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Fiction.” Mid-America American Studies Association, University of Iowa, Iowa City. April 1998.
- “Violent Asceticism of The Violent Bear It Away.” February Four Series. Andalusia Farm, Home of Flannery O’Connor, Milledgeville, GA. February 2017.
- “The Two Tales of Atticus” (on Harper Lee’s novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman), Burke County Public Library, Waynesboro, GA. August 2015.
- “Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” Augusta Reads, Richmond County Public Library, Augusta, GA. March 2014.
- Roundtable: “Using Open Educational Resources,” Faculty Development Day, Augusta University, September 2017.
- Pecha Kucha: “Using Freely Available Texts in a Literature Classroom.” Faculty Development Day, Augusta University, September 2016.
- Talk: “The Body in Southern Literature,” Chair’s Forum, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Georgia Regents University, April 2015.
- “Joel Chandler Harris, Brer Rabbit, and Georgia Folklore.” Continuing education for kindergarten teachers in Richmond County, GA (with Lee Anna Maynard and Walter Evans), Georgia Regents University. June 2013
- Talk: “Buffy, Joss Whedon, and the Pop Culture Hero,” English Club, Augusta State University. April 2012.
- Lecture: “The Measure of a Man in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body,” Faculty Lecture Series, Newberry College. September 2008.
Fellowships and Grants
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “(Re)considering Flannery O’Connor” at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, 2014.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up Close” at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, 2004.
Previous Academic Positions:
- Assistant Professor of English, Newberry College, Newberry, SC
- Adjunct Assistant Professor in First-Year Symposium Program, College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University, St. Joseph, MN
- Lecturer in English and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
- Instructor, Saint Louis Community College—Florissant Valley