PhD, University of Rochester
Interests and Expertise
Before I joined the English Department in the fall of 1997, I worked as a lecturer at Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Brockport. From 1994-1995, I received a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education) Fellowship at St. John Fisher College. My area of research specialization is Native American literature, and my teaching fields include Native American literature (undergraduate and graduate) and twentieth century American literature, especially contemporary poetry.
I received my Bachelor's Degree from Allegheny College in English and Russian and my Master's and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester. My dissertation "Cultural Survival and the Oral Tradition in the Novels of D'Arcy McNickle and His Successors: Momaday, Silko, and Welch" (1995), focused on the interconnections between cultural survival and the oral tradition and the ways in which twentieth century Native writers reinscribe traditional sacred stories for the purposes of identity recovery and healing.
My current research focuses on paradigms of healing in contemporary Native fiction and the ways in which Native authors use "retroactive prophecy" as a means of empowerment; I am also interested in approaches to teaching Native American literature and the uses of academic service learning in the Native American literature classroom. Beyond my own writing, I have done some reviewing for The American Indian Quarterly and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.
I believe in the interactive classroom, where students are actively engaged with and discussing literature and writing. Two special topics courses that I would like to develop and teach would be one on twentieth century Native American fiction and one on Native American autobiography. Courses that I have taught include Native American literature, American literature, contemporary American poetry, the novel, the short story, English as a Second Language, beginning and advanced composition, technical writing, and business writing.
I love teaching, and I really enjoy talking with students about their interests and aspirations, so please feel free to call or to e-mail me.
Native American Literature (standard and large lecture classes)
Graduate Studies in Native American Literature
Modern American Literature
Modern British and American Poetry
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Fiction
Writing about Literature
Intermediate English Composition
Recent Publications and Presentations
Review of Connie Jacobs' The Novels of Louise Erdrich, 2002.
"Empowerment through 'Retroactive Prophecy' in D'Arcy McNicle's Runner in the Sun: A Story of Indian Maize, James Welch's Fools Crow, and Leslie Marmon's Silko's Ceremony," 2000.
"Cultural Survival in Runner in the Sun," 1996
"The Voice of the Serpent: An Interview with Leslie Marmon Silko," 1993