Scholarly interests in late 19th- and early 20th-century American literature and culture (esp. Wharton and Dreiser), African American and Native American writers, travel writing, cultural and critical race theory, digital humanities
Professor, Teacher, and Scholar dedicated to interrogating the profession of authorship, print & publishing culture, and editorial process in 19th-20th century American literature, as well as the works of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Twentieth-Century World Literature
Late 19th-Century and Early 20th Century American Literature
Creative Problem Solving
I am now a Professor Emeritus, officially retired in May 2015; however, my academic interest continue:
Film studies, narrative studies, 19th and 20th century American literature, interdisciplinary humanities
Professional interests: Accreditation issues, shared governance, assessment and learning outcomes, developments in online course offerings
I have served as Chair of the English Department and as Director of the small Humanities Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have also served as campus and statewide President of the Inter Faculty Organization, the collective bargaining unit for faculty members teaching in the seven state universities of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) system. I am a continuing Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits higher learning institutions from West Virginia to Arizona. My most recent activities have included participation in certificate programs in online teaching, publication of annotated bibliographies on Orson Welles and on Narrative for Oxford Bibliographies Online (Film), a presentation at the 1st Global Conference on Hollywood & the World, in Sydney Australia, organizing and leading an MLA Convention panel on director Michael Haneke, and book reviews for Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, and other journals.
inclusive pedagogy, Disability Studies, 19th and 20th century German literature, American literature
19th and 20th Century literature (American, English and Italian), children’s literature, service learning.
19th to early 20th century African American and Caribbean literature, 19th to early 20th century Southern American literature, the Black Atlantic, whiteness studies; race performance; the neoslave narrative; slavery, gender, and sexual violence in literature
20th Century British and American Literature, Rhetoric, Cold War History and Culture, Philosophy of History, Antiquity
20th and 21st centuries Latin American Literature with a focus on Mexico and Central America; border studies; Hispanic women writers
19th and 20th Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Mexico, U.S. Latina/o Literature, Religious Insurgencies, Popular Religion, Tabloids, Narco-Literature