- Ph.D. University of Virginia, May 2002
- M.F.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1987
- M.A. University of Pittsburgh, January 1982
- B.A. University of Pittsburg, 1979
Areas of Interest
- Victorian literature and culture
- Children’s literature
- The novel
- Women’s Literature and Feminist Theory
Selected Publications and Presentations
Reading Victorian Schoolrooms: Childhood and Education in Nineteenth-Century Fiction. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming Fall 2007
“The Masquerader in the Garden: Gender and the Body in Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop.” Women’s Studies 36 (2007): 1-22.
“English ‘Sheiks’ and Arab Stereotypes: E. M. Hull, T. E. Lawrence, and the Imperial Masquerade.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 48:2 (Summer 2006): 170-185.
“Oral Narrative and Ojibwa Story Cycles in Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 31:1(Spring 2006): 27-39.
“Death by Learning: Zymosis and the Perils of School in E. J. May’s Dashwood Priory.” Children’s Literature. 33 (2005): 1-19.
“The Education of Bronte’s New Nouvelle Heloise in Shirley.” SEL: Studies in English Literature 44: 4 (Autumn 2004): 779-803.
“Distraction and Destruction in Back to Baghdad: Images of Iraq in a Current Videogame.” The Children’s Literature Association Conference, Newport News, VA, June 16, 2007.
“The Schoolmaster’s Nightmare: Linear and Errant Trains of Thought in Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.” The Northeastern Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, March 4, 2006.
“Reading the Labyrinth: Anonymity and the Urban Professional in The Sign of the Four.” The Northeastern Modern Language Association Convention, Cambridge, MA, March 31-April 2, 2005.
- ENGL 2100: Writing About Literature
- ENGL 3104: Adolescent Literature
- ENGL 3103: Children’s Literature
- ENGL 3302: British Literature Survey II
- ENGL 4050: Childhood and the Novel
- ENGL 4122: The Victorian Novel
- ENGL 4102: Classics in British Children’s Literature
- LBST 2101: Western History and Culture: The Invention of Childhood
- ENGL 5050: Childhood and the Novel
- ENGL 5102: Classics in British Children’s Literature
- ENGL 5122: The Victorian Novel
- ENGL 6080: Women and the Novel.
- ENGL 6101: Introduction to Graduate Studies
- ENGL 6103: Worlds of Juvenile Literature
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC
- Department of English
- Assistant Professor, Fall 2002-present
- Fellowship in Literature for Fiction, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts ($5000), 1997
- Recipient, Sara Henderson Hay Prize for Poetry, Pittsburgh Quarterly, 1996
- Recipient, The Willow Review Annual Prize for Fiction, 1993
- Judge for Central Piedmont Community College Student Poetry Contest, Fall 2003.
- “The Work of a University Professor”: a lecture presented at The Canon School, Concord NC, Spring 2003.