I’m an associate professor of English at Penn State York, where I’ve been teaching since 2003. We’re a small campus, so I get to know lots of students by teaching a variety of writing and literature classes, including first-year composition and rhetoric, introductory literature classes in the short story and women’s fiction, and upper-level courses in literary theory, Caribbean literature, twentieth-century British literature, and women’s literature.
I am currently completing a sabbatical, during which I finished a book manuscript about rum in literature and culture. In addition, I’ve published on the novelists Sylvia Townsend Warner, the TV series Downton Abbey, and the film Avatar. In 2005, I published a book called Narrative Settlements: Geographies of British Women’s Fiction between the Wars, in which I studied how women writers in Great Britain used iconic locations to investigate the changing role of women in England and the ways that change might reshape England’s territorial sovereignty. I’ve also published on African and African-American fiction and detective fiction. Currently, I am thinking about a larger project on Warner’s short fiction and looking into the career and life of novelist and radio host Venu Chitale.
When I’m not in the office, you can find me running or biking the rail trail, on the tennis courts, experimenting with vegan cooking, . . . or reading, of course.