Academic History

  • Ph.D. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • M.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
  • B.A. in English, University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, 1999

Courses Taught

  • ENG 111: Literary Responses to War, The Fictions of Racial Identity
  • ENG 215: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 267: Multicultural Literature
  • ENG 273: Mapping Bahamian Literature
  • ENG 318: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG 343: American Renaissance
  • ENG 345: Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • ENG 351: Studies in African-American Literature
  • ENG 373: Literature and Social Justice
  • ENG 412: Senior Project in Creative Writing

Areas of Expertise

  • Nineteenth-century American literature
  • African-American literature
  • Civil War literature
  • Fiction writing

Publications: Creative Writing

Publications: Literary Criticism

  • "'Do Let Me Preserve the Unities': The Stakes of Metaphor in Civil War-Era Fiction." The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War, ed. James Davis. (Forthcoming.)
  • “Civil War Literature and First-Year Writing Instruction.” in MLA Options for Teaching Series: Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War, ed. Colleen Boggs. (Forthcoming.)
  • “Writing ‘En Masse’: Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War Experience and The Commonwealth.” American Periodicals 24.1 (2014): 45-60.
  • “Words that Populate the World:  Yiddish and Survival in Saul Bellow’s Herzog.”Australian   Journal of Jewish Studies XXI (2007): 27-48.
  • “Reflections: Nellie McKay.” African American Review 40.1 (Spring 2006): 56-7.

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