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Associate Teaching Professor

Ph.D. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011.
Dissertation: Technology and the Archive: Framing Identity in American Literature, 1880-1914. Directed by John McGowan.
Major, Critical Theory.  Minor, Late Nineteenth-Early Twentieth Century American Literature.

Certificate, Women’s Studies. Duke University, 2011.

Certificate, The School of Criticism and Theory. Cornell University, 2005.

B.A. University of Louisville, 1983.
Major, English. Minor, Spanish. English Honors Program.

A.D.N. Purdue University, 1983.
Major, Nursing.


My research concerns the rise of the information age and how individuals and groups are positioned relative to the acquisition, control, and reproduction of knowledge. Genre development and conceptualizations of fingerprinting, biotechnological enhancement, and the organization of data show that it is the ability to control information over time that matters to authors such as Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, William Wells Brown, Octavia Butler, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, and Jeff VanderMeer. These concerns affect what counts as the continuity of experience and historicity for writers in relation to definitions of literary realism, especially within the genres of science fiction and gothic literature.

I am affiliated faculty with the Health Humanities program and teach courses such as Race, Health, and Narrative,  research methods courses in Writing in Health and Medicine and have significant experience in the fields of intensive care, medical research in the hospital setting, and the editing of science and medical research.


  • “Innovation and Stasis: Technology and Race in Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson.” Configurations: A Journal of Science, Literature, and Technology. 2009.
  • “Lunsford Lane.” The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: an Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African American Writing (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). General editor William L. Andrews.
  • “Lunsford Lane.” African American National Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., et al, eds. Oxford University Press.

Teaching Awards

  • Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2018


  • SLATE Teaching Fellow, Institute of African American Research’s initiative for Student Learning to Advance Truth and Equity (SLATE). 2022-23

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 370 Race, Health, and Narrative
  • ENGL 300I.  Professional Writing in Health and Medicine 
  • ENGL 691H English Honors
  • ENGL 146 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
  • ENGL 123/H Introduction to Fiction
  • ENGL 105i Writing in Health and Medicine

Curriculum Vitae / Resume