• Ph.D., English. Washington State University. Pullman, WA. In progress. Tentative dissertation title: “African American Collections and the Legacy of Race Science, 1890-1935.”
  • M.A., English. Washington State University, Pullman WA. 1995. Thesis: “Breaking Boundaries, Inciting Revolutions: Negotiating the Re-doubled Conscious and the American Grotesque in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
  • B.A., Brigham Young University. Provo, UT. 1992. Honors Thesis: “Women and Men: The Strength of Shakespeare’s Portia, Cordelia, and Desdemona.”

Areas of Specialization/Interest

MesoAmerican Studies

Select Publications/Presentations

"The Possibilities of the Grotesque in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. In. John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries. Eds. Stephen K. George and Barbara Heavilin. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2007.

"Of Castles and Coke Bottles: Reflections on Travels in MesoAmerica" Perspective 3 (2003): 94-100.

Book Review: The Rapture of Canaan. Impact (November 1997): 7.

"Teaching Tip: Class E-mail Discussion Groups." Impact (March 1997): 14-16.

"Strategies for Teaching a Multicultural Shakespeare," under consideration.

"'A Tearing Agony'" The Implications of Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in Nella Larsen's Quicksand." American Literature Association Conference. Session organized by African American Literature and Culture Association. Boston, MA. May 2011.

"Readers Black, Not White: A Re-examination Harriet Wilson's Our Nig" Session Organizer for and presenter in panel entitled "Harriet Wilson Revisited." American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 2010

"Teaching Strategies for Becoming Naomi Leon." (With Suzette Gee) BYU-Idaho Children's Literature Conference. September 2008.

"Latin American Writers." Invited Lecture. BYU-Idaho English Department Lyceum. October 2007.

"The Depiction of God in Contemporary Literature: the Case of Life of Pi. Oxford Round Table: "Images of God in Literature: Informing Global Conflict." Oxford, England. July 2007.

"The Possibilities of the Grotesque in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Hurston's Their Eyes Were
Watching God John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries. Sun Valley, ID. March 2006.

"Literature and Culture: Experiences in MesoAmerica" Two-Year College English Association-Western Region Conference. Phoenix, AZ. October 2000.

"Teaching Race in the Renaissance Classroom." Workshop Participant Shakespeare Association of America Montreal, QC Canada. April 2000.