Academic Title

Assistant Professor of Practice, English & Director, First Year Writing

Additional Title

First-Year Writing Coordinator

Research Interests
  • Digital humanities
  • Educational technology
  • Popular culture
  • Gender
Research Summary

I specialize in gender and popular culture. My work focuses on the relationship between body and identity across popular media, including film and television, and how it is informed by societal institutions.

Areas of Expertise
  • Popular culture
  • Gender
Recent Publications
  • “Fighting and Feminist Expression: The Argent Family and the Limits of Female Agency in Teen Wolf.” Gender Warriors: Reading Contemporary Urban Fantasy, eds. U. Melissa Anyiwo and Amanda Jo Hobson. Brill, 2019.
  • “That Geek Look: Beauty and the Female Geek Body.” Age of the Geek: Depictions of Nerds and Geeks in Popular Media, ed. Kathryn E. Lane. Palgrave Macmillan 2018.
  • “Angel in the House, Devil in the City: Explorations of Gender in Dracula and Penny Dreadful.” Critical Survey, vol. 28, no. 1, 2016, 29-38.
  • “Beneath the Surface: The Masculine Self and Body in Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Green Tea.” Journal of Gender Studies, February 2016, 1-8.
  • “Wife, Mother, Vampire: The Female Role in the Twilight series.” Journal of International Women’s Studies, vol. 15, no.2, 2014.
  • “Mirror, Mirror: Gender and Beauty in the Twilight series.” Popular Culture Review, vol. 23, Winter 2012, 39-48.

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