Teaching Associate Professor
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
My teaching and research interests include African-American literature (especially African American drama), Film Studies (especially race in contemporary cinema), American literature, and Composition (espeically writing in/about law).
My most recent book, Understanding Walter Mosley (University of South Carolina Press), offers a critical overview of Mosely's work across genres. My next book project is Understanding Nicky Finney.
Understanding Walter Mosley. University of South Carolina Press, 2016.
“How a Mama on the Couch Becomes a Man with Watermelon: George C. Wolfe, Suzan-Lori Parks, and the Drama of ‘Colored Contradictions.’” Post-Soul Satire: An Interdisciplinary Critical Overview. Derek Maus and Jim Donahue, editors. University Press of Mississippi, 2014.
“Madea’s Middle Class: Sentimental Spaces in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion and Why Did I get Married?” With co-author Ashley Reed. The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film, and Television. Jennifer Williamson, Jennifer Larson, and Ashley Reed, editors. McFarland, 2014.
Understanding Suzan-Lori Parks. University of South Carolina Press, 2012.
“365 Days/365 Plays: A (W)hole New Approach to Theatre.” Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on Race, Gender, and Mythology. Philip Kolin, editor. McFarland, 2010.
Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014
Joseph M. Flora Award, 2012
PhD. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
A.B. University of North Carolina at Charlotte