In my teaching, I am drawn to texts that depict vibrant environments and communities.
My scholarly work focuses on representation of regional people and places in the late
19th and early 20th-century American literature. In particular, I explore how texts
by writers like Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Willa Cather address a variety
of regional communities across the nation.
I have published in Cather Studies on Cather’s novel The Professor's House, and I have had the opportunity to conduct research on Cather at the University of
Nebraska and Red Cloud archives as a Woodress Visiting Fellow.
My time as assistant director of Marquette University’s Writing Center significantly
shaped my approach to teaching. As a student myself (and even in my writing now),
I’ve learned my writing becomes better as I talk through my ideas with others.
My favorite thing about being a teacher is having these same conversations with my
students on their own projects.