Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio StateUniversity,English, 2006 Dissertation: “In the Flesh: Authenticity,Nationalism,and Performance on the American Frontier,1860-­‐1920”
  • M.A.,Ohio State University, English, 2002
  • B.A.,Brigham Young University,English, Italian minor,2000

Areas of Specialization/Interest

frontier studies, American West, performance theory, literary theory

Select Publications/Presentations

"America Unscripted: Performing the Wild West." A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the  
          American West. Ed. Nicolas Witschi. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. May 2011.
"Dr. Frayne and Mr. Slocum: Authenticity and the Hybrid Western Drama" Cithara 49:2 (2010).
"The Heirs of Buffalo Bill: Performing Authenticity in the Dime Western." The Canadian Review of
          American Studies 39:2 (2009).
"Owen Wister." The Literary Encyclopedia. London: Literary Dictionary Company. June 2009.
"Last Tracks: Natural and Unnatural Topographies of the Allegheny National Forest." Biennial Conference
         of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Victoria, British Columbia, June  
         2009.
"'Play the Chinook': Purpose and Place in David James Duncan's The River Why." Conference of the  
        Working Group on Religion, Ethics, and Nature. Ada, Ohio, April 2009.
"'What Do You S'pose'll Come of You When You Set Your Eyes on Her?': Female Captivity and Disguise
        in the Dime Western." Western Literature Association Annual Conference, Boulder, Colorado,  
        October 2008.
"'Enthusiastically Approved and Commended': The Letter of Endorsement as Western Genre." Western
         Literature Association Annual Conference, Tacoma, Washington, October 2007.
"Is There a Frontiersman in the House?: Stage Drama and Authentic Performance." American Studies
         Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, October 2007.
"American Identity." Archive America: A DVD to Accompany the Bedford Anthology of American  
         Literature. Bedford/St. Martins Press, 2007.
"The Heirs of Buffalo Bill: Performing Authenticity in the Dime Western." Western Literature Association
         Annual Conference, Boise, Idaho, October 2006.
"The Body Authentic: William S.Hart and Western Stardom." American Studies Association 2005 Annual
         Meeting. Washington, D.C., November 2005.
"'Enter the Man': Authenticity and Display in The Virginian." Western Literature Association Annual
         Conference, Los Angeles, California, October 2005.
"'See America': The Auto-­‐Geography of Nat Love." Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study
          of Literature and the Environment. Eugene, Oregon, June 2005.