My writing and research focus on American literature and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.  I’m especially interested in environmental literature and criticism and in the ways people think and write about and experience  spaces and places. 

I teach classes on American and British literature, environmental studies, realism and naturalism, women's writing, literary theory, and biography. I am currently an assistant professor of English at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

I was born on the shores of Lake Erie in Western Pennsylvania and have lived in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Utah.