Position: Associate Professor of English
Location: Gregory 109B
Phone: (540) 665-5532
B.A. University of Virginia, M.A. University of Virginia, Ph.D. University of Maryland
Fields of Expertise:
- African American literature and culture
- Contemporary American literature
- Southern Studies
2019 Welty Prize awarded to Labor Pains, for a book of scholarship on Women’s and Southern Studies
“Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South,” UP Mississippi, May 2019.
“‘Release Your Wiggle: Big Freedia’s Call to Queer Bounce,’” Southern Cultures 24:2 (Summer 2018): 60-77.
“Cultivating Desire: Black Women’s Work in George Wylie Henderson’s Ollie Miss,” Southern Quarterly 51:3 (Spring 2014): 38-50.
“Work.” American Literature in Transition: The 1960s, edited by David Wyatt, Cambridge UP, September 2018.
“Teaching ‘A Curtain’ in the Thick of Things: Welty and Race in Diverse Classrooms.” Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches, edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger, UP Mississippi, January 2018.
“Nichelle Tramble’s The Dying Ground” and “Tricia Rose.” Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature, Greenwood Press, 2008.
“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”
― Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change
“’A burnt finger remember the fire,’ it say.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Lover of animals and all things Dirty South