Inter-American literature, life narratives, women writers of the Americas, Indigenous literatures and cultures, stories and storyworlds, nation and narration, gender, equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education.


“ ‘This Story Needs a Witness’: The Imbrication of Witnessing, Storytelling, and Resilience in Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 30. 3/4 (Fall/Winter 2018): 151-178.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

 “Autotheorizing Mid-career Shifts: The Personal is Professional“ at the “Lives in Transition: Negotiating the Currents in a Changing World” International  Autobiography Association Chapter of the Americas conference in Kingston, Jamaica, June 2019.


Modern Language Association
International Autobiography Association
International Autobiography Association, Chapter of the Americas
Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
Phi Beta Kappa

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