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Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University, teaching early and nineteenth-century American literature, women writers, and regional literature.


Ph.D., English (honors), University of Kansas, 2014

M.A., English, Ohio University, 2007

B.A. (high honors), English and art, Trinity Christian College, 2000


Refereed Journal Articles

“The Neighborly Christmas: Gifts, Community, and Regionalism in the Christmas Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman.” Legacy: A Journal of American Woman Writers 32.1 (December 2014): 236-57. 

“Empathy or Expectation of Return: Relationships, Gifts, and Economy in Edith Wharton’s Summer.” Edith Wharton Review 28.1 (Spring 2012): 13-20.

Book Chapters

“The Modernist Aesthetic and the Immigrant: Anzia Yezierska’s Communities of Countrymen.” Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers. Eds. Kristen Lillvis, Robert Miltner, and Molly Fuller. Lexington: Lexington Books, 2016: 49-70.

“Those ‘whose deaths were not remarked’: Ghostly Other Women in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, and Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.” The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities. Eds. Melanie Anderson and Lisa Sloan. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2013: 29-43.

Book Reviews

Rev. of The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal, by Alan Robert Ginsberg. The Edith Wharton Review (forthcoming). 

Rev. of Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism, by J. Samaine Lockwood. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 35.2 (2016): 539-41.

Blog Posts



    Regional Revisions: Rewriting National Narratives in Women’s Regionalist Literature, 1820-1914.

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