Director of English Program, Associate Professor of English
Division of Communication and the Arts
Indiana University at Bloomington
University of Massachusetts
My primary academic interests lie in nineteenth-century British literature. I am also interested in the language of environmental literature and communication and have given a number of conference papers on that topic. In addition to directing the English program, I am involved in Pitt-Bradford's environmental studies program, although I don't have as much time for that as I would like.
My current project is a collection of correspondence between an English immigrant to Ohio in the 1840s and her sisters and mother back in England. The letters and journals written by this Quaker woman offer a unique view of life on the frontier, including the major events of the time, like abolition and the war with Mexico, as well as the daily life of a mother in a new and rapidly changing world. I am also working on an article about the ways in which the figure of William Wordsworth was appropriated and manipulated by some nineteenth-century writers who came after him. These are two of the projects I hope to finish up during my sabbatical this year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
I have published articles on travel and tourism as it relates to literature as well as on the relationship between science and literature. My most recent publication, in College Literature, combines literary theory and pedagogy to argue that using a poet's own revisions to his or her poems can help the teacher and students to situate that poetry more effectively in its historical context.
When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my two kids, ages 12 and 15, and my new puppy, Emma. I like various outdoor activities, like skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and more; in fact I'd be willing to try anything that is non-motorized.