I am currently Program Manager for Professional Development at the Modern Language Association.  I also serve as the staff liaison to the executive committee of the Association of Departments of English, and the co-staff liaison to the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities and the Committee on Community Colleges.

Prior to beginning work at the MLA in January 2022, I was Professor and Chair of English and Creative Writing at Widener University.

Modernism, Narrative, Narrative Theory, Life Writing, Gender, Sexuality, Women’s Studies, Professional Development, Mentoring, Pedagogy, Scholarly Communication / Publishing


PhD, English and 20th Century Studies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2003


Howard Cruse (2023, U of Mississippi)

Options for Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing (2021, MLA)

The Comics of Alison Bechdel (2020, U of Mississippi P)

Literary Couples and 20th-Century Life Writing: Narrative and Intimacy (2019, Bloomsbury)

Engagements with Narrative (2015, Routledge)

James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire (2010, Palgrave Macmillan)

articles in Journal of Modern LiteratureLife WritingCollege Literature, James Joyce Quarterly.

Blog Posts


Modern Language Association

Modernist Studies Association

The Space Between Society

Feminist inter/Modernist Association

Community College Humanities Association

Council of Editors of Learned Journals

POD Network

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