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Three degrees, six states, and 20 years later, I am happy to be back
at my alma mater as an assistant professor of English where I teach
courses in writing and literature and advise first-year students for the
Dover campus of the UD Associate in Arts Program.
My book on
father-daughter incest and CPTSD in twentieth-century American
literature was recently published with Fairleigh Dickinson University
Press. I've published articles on works including Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, and Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina.
My most recent article on Kay Boyle's and Katherine Anne Porter's
contribution to transition was published in South Central Review. I am
currently researching for my second book, which focuses on fiction by
African women writers.
I serve as president of the Katherine
Anne Porter Society and a Nominations Elections Committee and Advisory
Board Member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.
Additionally, I've participated with Open Streets Dover, Delaware
Department of Natural Resources coastal events, and College Application
Month. My one-year-old golden retriever, Callie Russell (named for
Katherine Anne Porter), sometimes accompanies me to these community
Seminar in CompositionAmerican LiteratureApproaches to LiteratureVarying Authors, Themes, and Movements: Contemporary Novels by African Women
Ph.D., English, and Certificate in Women's Studies, University of South FloridaM.A., English, University of RichmondB.A., English & Business and Technical Writing, University of Delaware, magna cum laude
Associate Teaching Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, English Department
Visiting Instructor and MA and MFA Advisor, University of South Florida, English Department
“In transition: Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle.” American Literature Association (ALA) Conference, Boston, MA, May 2017
“The Body as Site of Healing in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina and Calixthe Beyala’s Your Name Shall Be Tanga.” Co-authored by Sarah Namulondo. RMMLA Convention, Boulder, CO, October 2012
Brother Killed the Pregnant Rabbit: Reflections on ‘The Grave’ and ‘How
Baby Talked to the Fairies.’” Round Table Discussion on “‘The Downward
Path’: Depictions of Childhood in Katherine Anne Porter's Fiction.” ALA
Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2010 (Invited)
“‘But She Was Too Free’: Aunt Amy’s Mysterious Hemorrhage in Porter’s ‘Old Mortality.’” ALA Conference, Boston, MA, May 2009
and Fabulous?: The Golden Girls of Sex and the City.” Joint Conference
of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, San
Francisco, CA, March 2008
“Daddy’s Girls: Phallic Power and Perverse Paternity in Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and Mailer’s An American Dream.” Norman Mailer Society Conference, Provincetown, MA, October 2007
“A Reading of ‘That Tree’: Katherine Anne Porter as Expatriate.” ALA Conference, Boston, MA, May 2007
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