Curriculum Vitae

Last updated June 2019

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

 

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rowan University, 2014-present

Visiting Instructor, Department of English, Pacific Lutheran University, 2013-2014

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D., Literatures in English, University of California, San Diego, 2013

Dissertation: “Little Geographies: Children’s Literature and Local Place”

 

M.A., Literatures in English, University of California, San Diego, 2010

Thesis: “‘I pass a space almost in silence’: Child Trauma in Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist

 

B.A., English, Sonoma State University, 2006

Summa Cum Laude

 

 

BOOK PROJECT

 

Sites and Sights: The Geographies of Image-Texts for Children. In progress.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

 

"Here and Not Now: The Queer Geographies of This One Summer." Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, vol. 2, no, 1, 2019. 

 

“Play It Again, Pa: Repetition in Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography and Little: Novels.” Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond, edited by Miranda Green-Barteet and Anne Phillips, UP Mississippi, 2019.

 

“Who Gets to Die of Dysentery? Ideology, Geography, and The Oregon Trail.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 4, 2017.

 

“‘I think these chapters are not real’: In A Dark, Dark Room and the Horrors of Early Reading.” The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture, edited by Jennifer Miskec and Annette Wannamaker, Routledge, 2016, pp. 115-28.

 

“Putting Down Routes: Translocal Place in The Secret Garden.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 40, no. 1, 2015, pp. 3-23.

 

“‘Now We’re All Snug!’: The Regionalism of Little House on the Prairie.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, vol. 47, no. 1, 2014, pp. 55-77.

 

“‘The Other Was Whole’: Anne of Green Gables, Trauma and Mirroring.” The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 34, no. 1, 2010, pp. 167-87.

Solicited

"Introduction." #WeNeedDiverseScholars Forum. The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 41, no. 1, 2017, 79-81.  

 

Popular Scholarship

In Defense of Pat Gardiner, Everyone's Least Favorite L.M. Montgomery Heroine.” The ToastNicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg, 18 May 2015. 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Assistant Professor, Rowan University, 2014-present

 

Queer Young Adult Literature
Childhood's Places (Honors Children's Literature)

Children's Literature: Texts and Contexts
Critical Methods I for English Majors

 

Visiting Instructor, Pacific Lutheran University, 2013-2014

 

Children's Literature

Writing for Children

Cultures of Adolescence

Childhood's Places

Representing Horror

 

Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego, 2007-2012

 

Literature of the British Isles

Dimensions of Culture

 

Instructor, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, 2010-2013

 

Writing and Imagination

 

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Northeastern University, 2017

Frances R. Lax Fund for Faculty Development Award, Rowan University, 2016
Tenure Assist Fund Award, College of Humanties and Social Sciences, Rowan University, 2015-16

UCSD Literature Department Year Fellowship, 2012-2013

Children’s Literature Association Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant, 2012

UCSD Literature Department Winter Research Award, 2011

UCSD Division of Arts and Humanities Fellowship, 2011

UCSD Literature Department Summer Research Award, 2010

 

 

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 

"Sweet Like (Miss) Honey: Matilda (1996) and Queer Female Desire." Children's Literature Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2019.

"Dearly Departed: The Arrival's Spectral Refugee." Children's Literature Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2018.

 

"'We’ll always come here for the summer, right?': The Queer Geographies of This One Summer." Modern Language Association Convention, New York City, NY, 2018.

 

"'Lurched forward and stopped, lurched forward and stopped': Automobility and Surveillance in Last Stop on Market Street." Children's Literature Association Conference, Tampa, FL, 2017.

"Who Gets to Die of Dysentery? Ideology, Geography, and The Oregon Trail." Children's Literature Association Conference, Columbus, OH, 2016

 

"'I just wanted you to see him': Mental Illness, Race, and Visibility in The Planet of Junior Brown." Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

"'It can never be a long time ago': The 'True' Wilder in Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography." Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

 

"Out of Many, One? History, Nationalism, and Caddie Woodlawn's Uneasy Reunions." International Research Society for Children's Literature Conference, Worcester, England, 2015

 

"In His House at Riverdale Dead Jughead Waits Dreaming: Resurrecting the Familiar in Afterlife with Archie." Children's Literature Association Conference, Richmond, VA, 2015

 

"Disciplinary Kinships: Children's Literature, Children's Geographies, and the Possibilities of Conversation." International Children's Geographies Conference, San Diego, CA, 2015

 

"Here and Over There: L.M. Montgomery's War Geographies." Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, BC, 2015

 

"The Places We'll Go: Kinships of Children's Literature and Children's Geographies." Children's Literature Association Conference, Columbia, SC, 2014

 

“There is No There There: Stephen King, American Regionalism, and the Horrors of Place.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, CA, 2013

 

“Red Men, Black Boys: Race and Mental Illness in The Planet of Junior Brown.” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Biloxi, MS, 2013

 

“‘It Don’t Fit Me!’: The Last Picture Show and the Dislocations of Modern Regionalism.” Western Literature Association Conference, Lubbock, TX, 2012

 

“‘Now We’re All Snug!’: The Regionalism of Little House on the Prairie.” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2012

 

INVITED TALKS AND MEDIA APPEARANCES

"Men Are Tweeting #HowIWillChange in Response to Viral #MeToo Social Media Campaign." Teen Vogue, 17 October 2017. 

Guest Speaker, Special Topics: Children's Geographies (graduate seminar), Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, October 2016.

 

"Queering the Classroom." Fall ProfTalk Series, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, 2015

 

"Disciplinary Kinships: Children's Literature and Children's Geographies." Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, 2015

 

“Exploring the Margins: Unexpected Discoveries in the L.M. Montgomery Archives.” Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2012

 

 

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

Consultant on Gender and Sexuality Module, Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Certificate Program, Rowan University Faculty Center, Summer 2019

Search Committee Member, New Faculty Search, Rowan University English Department, Spring 2018

Board Member, Rowan University Academic Integrity Review Board, Fall 2017-present

 

Curriculum Committee, Rowan University English Department, Fall 2017-present

English Department Representative, Rowan University Senate, Fall 2017-Spring 2019

 

Bookstore Committee, Rowan University Senate, Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Diversity Committee, Rowan University Senate, Fall 2017-Spring 2018


Faculty Advisor, Rowan University English Department Faculty-Student Theory Reading Group, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

 

Website Committee, Rowan University English Department, Fall 2015-present  

 

English Departmental Liaison to the Literacy Studies Program, Rowan University, Fall 2015-present  

 

Faculty Advisor, The Undead Poets Society of Rowan University, Fall 2015-Spring 2018

 

Academic Advisor, Rowan University English Department, Fall 2014-Spring 2018  

 

New Faculty Search—Campus Visits, Rowan University English Department, Spring 2015 

 

Award Committee, Knudsen Family Scholarship in Creative Writing, Pacific Lutheran University, 2014 

 

Faculty Affiliate, Queer Student Retreat and LGBTQ Campus Network, Diversity Center, Pacific Lutheran University, 2013-2014
                                  

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Executive Board Member, Children's Literature Association Board of Directors, 2017-2020

Editorial Board Member, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

Forum Organizer and Editor, "#WeNeedDiverse Scholars." The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 41, no. 1, 2017, 79-122.

 

Panel Co-Organizer and Chair, "Needs of Minority Scholars." Children's Literature Association, Columbus, OH, 2016


Sponsor, "'The machine is us': Ready Player One and the Limits of Binarism." Winner of the 2016 Carol Gay Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Children's Literature Association. Written by Andrea Quinn.

 

Liaison to the Modern Language Association, Children's Literature Association, 2015-2019

 

Panel Discussant, "Incorporating Children's Literature into Non-Children's Literature Classes," Syllabus Exchange, Children's Literature Association Conference, Richmond, VA, 2015

 

Panel Organizer and Chair, “Children’s Literature and Children’s Geographies.” International Children’s Geographies Conference, San Diego, CA, 2015

 

Panel Co-Organizer and Chair with Gwen Athene Tarbox, “Geography, Memory, and Childhood.” Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, BC, 2015

 

Chair, Membership Committee, Children’s Literature Association, 2015-2017

 

Panel Organizer and Chair, “Deliver Us to Normal: Children’s Literature and the Midwest.”

Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL, 2014

 

Chair and Participant, Syllabus Exchange, Children’s Literature Association Conference, Biloxi, MS, 2013

 

Referee, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 

                                                                                                              

Referee, Children’s Literature in Education

 

Referee, Journal of Lesbian Studies, “Lesbians and Children’s Literature”

 

Referee, The Lion and the Unicorn

                                                                       

Children’s Literature Association, Membership Committee, 2011-2014

 

Editorial Assistant, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 2011-2012

 

 

NON-ACADEMIC WORK


Intern and Manuscript Editor, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, 2009-2011

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

International Research Society for Children's Literature
Modern Language Association

Children’s Literature Association