I received my Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, my Master’s from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and my Bachelor’s from Hanover College in Indiana. My specialties are 20th century American and African American literature, but I love teaching in almost every period. I am drawn to fiction that is both beautiful and heartbreaking, which is why Toni Morrison, Lewis Nordan, and Chang-rae Lee are some of my favorite novelists.
My recent book, The Spectacle of Twins in American Literature and Popular Culture (2018), examines how popular and literary representations of twins are informed by the historical narrative of twins in the U.S., which is embedded within discourses of the “freak” and eugenics. Previously, I co-edited (with my colleague Dr. Naomi Crummey) a collection of essays on using HBO’s television show The Wire in the college classroom: The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches in the Humanities (2015).