I am currently Program Manager for Professional Development at the Modern Language Association.

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

I am the President of the Modernist Studies Association for 2021–2022, and serve as the Editor of “Orientations,” a forum dedicated to queer and feminist modernist studies published on Modernism/modernity PrintPlus.

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 (anticipated 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

  • President

The Space Between Society

Feminist inter/Modernist Association

International Virginia Woolf Society

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