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Present Professor of English, Eastern Mennonite University ‐ Language and Literature

Research Interests

US Southern fiction and poetry, modern drama, and English Modernism

Honors and Awards

  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Faculty Seminar, “Slave Narratives,” Yale University, Summer 2015
  • Eastern Mennonite University Summer Teaching Grants, Summer 2011, Summer 2013
  • Eastern Mennonite University Lilly Foundation Faculty Mini-Grants, Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Spring 2005, and Spring 2004
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up Close,” Ferrum College, 2004
  • Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, Valparaiso University
  • Pew Younger Scholars Mentoring Program
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the University of Durham, England
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ English

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