My research explores changing narratives about motherhood and parenting, the role of storytelling within feminist and social justice movements, the creative work of women writers in Africa and the African diaspora, and teaching in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. I also write personal essays and book reviews.


BA, Yale University

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Refereed Journal Articles

“Unlearning Introductions: Problematizing Pedagogies of Inclusion, Diversity, and Experience in the Women’s and Gender Studies Intro Course.” With Meg Devlin O’Sullivan and Karl Bryant. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice / Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale, Vol 37, No. 2, 2016, 22-33.

“Mothering Across Borders: Narratives of Immigrant Mothers in the U.S.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3, 4, 2009, 121-139.

[Reprinted as “Rosario’s Lament: Mothering Across Borders.” Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader, edited by Patrick R. Grzanka, Westview Press, 2014, 220-227.

“At the Crossroads: Disability and Trauma in The Farming of Bones.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2006, 123-145.

“Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Building a Mothers’ Movement in the Third Wave.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2, 2006, 34-54.

“Coming of Age: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the Voice of the Third Generation.” English in Africa, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2005, 73-97.

“In Search of an ‘I’: Embodied Voice and the Personal Essay.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2004, 719-41.

“My Sister’s Family.” The Scholar and Feminist Online, Vol. 2, No. 3, Summer 2004.

Book Chapters

“Vigilance and Valour in the Kitchen: Feeding, Eating, and the Intellectual Work of Motherhood in Food-Allergic Families.” Mothers and Food: Negotiating Foodways from Maternal Perspectives, edited by Florence Pasche Guignard and Tanya M. Cassidy, Demeter Press, 2016, 88-102.

“Linking Economic Justice and Women’s Human Rights: Feminist Approaches for the Human Rights Classroom.” Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies, edited by Alexandra Schultheis Moore and Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, MLA Press, 2015, 143-156.

“Rewriting Human Rights: Gender, Violence, and Freedom in the Fiction of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.” The Critical Imagination in African Literature: Essays in Honor of Michael J. C. Echeruo, edited by Maik Nwosu and Obiwu Iwuanyanwu, Syracuse University Press, 2015, 166-184.

“Translating Desire: Exile and Leila Aboulela’s Poetics of Embodiment.” Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image, edited by Charlotte Baker, Peter Lang, 2009, 249-278.

“Of Motherhood Born.” Mothering in the Third Wave, edited by Amber E. Kinser, Demeter Press, 2008, 19-30.

“You Are Not Alone: The Personal, The Political, and the ‘New’ Mommy Lit.” Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction, edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young, Routledge, 2006, 119-139.


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