Ph.D. December 2000, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
20th Century American major, drama minor, cultural studies certificate
M.A. 1994. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thesis on plays of British playwright Tom Stoppard
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, August 2007-present
North Carolina Central University
Visiting Lecturer, August 2008-May 2011
St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North Carolina
Assistant Professor, January 2002-July 2007
Department Chair, January 2006-July 2007
Acting Department Chair, September-December 2004
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Adjunct Professor, Fall 2001
Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Assistant Professor Level, September 2000-June 2001
Grants and Honors
2017 — National Endowment for the Humanities. “Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory, and the American Public”. Institute Fellowship. Georgia Historical Society. June 11-23, 2017
2014 – National Endowment for the Humanities. View from the East: The Federal Government and the American West. Institute Fellowship. George Mason University. July 7-August 8, 2014.
2014 – University Research Council. Project Scene at the P.O.: The Art of Democracy in Post Office Murals of the New Deal.
September 2011-May 2012- Fulbright Scholar, Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Girne American University, Girne, North Cyprus
Current Projects and Recent Publications
Dreaming America: Popular Front Ideals and Aesthetics in Children’s Plays of the Federal Theatre Project. Columbus: The Ohio State UP, 2013.
Book Chapters and Articles:
“Shadows of War: Fascist and Anti-Fascist Representations of Childhood inTriumph of the Will, A Letter to Santa Claus and The Little Princess.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. 33.1 (2008). 79-104.
Guest Newspaper Columns:
“Do You Think a Black Man Could Become President?” Durham News. The News and Observer. Raleigh, NC. September, 29, 2015.
Theatre and Performance:
It Can’t Happen Here. 80th Anniversary Staged Reading of Federal Theatre Project Play. Adaptor, producer and assistant director. Historic Playmakers Theatre. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. October 27, 2016.
Refereed Conference Presentations:
“‘Art for the People’: The Radical Democratizing Project of New Deal Visual Culture.” Panel chair. Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA, November 19-21, 2015.
“All the World: International Streams of African American Theatre in the 1930s.” Roundtable panel. Modern Studies Association Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, November 6, 2014.
“The Marks of Memory: Toni Morrison’s Invocation of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! in Beloved.” ‘Spring and All’: A Celebration of Linda Wagner Martin’s Career and Twentieth-Century American Literature. Chapel Hill, NC. April 8, 2011.
“Lillian Hellman and the Popular Front Culture of Hollywood in the 1940s.” American Literature Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA. May 22, 2009.