An alumna of Mother Fair, I have been teaching at Westminster since 2008 and am currently an Associate Professor of English. I earned my graduate degrees at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), where I specialized in nineteenth-century British literature and women's autobiographical narratives spanning the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. My work has appeared in journals including Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and The College English Association Forum, as well as in Christine DeVine's edited collection, Nineteenth-Century British Travelers in the New World. Currently, my research focuses on the psychology of reading as it relates to the development of the novel.
I am an active member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, an organization that takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying stories in traditional literary genres, such as novels, as well as in non-literary settings, such as courtrooms. I am also an active scholar of teaching methods. I advise Westminster's secondary education minors in English and am grateful for the ways that work keeps me up-to-date on teaching practices in my field.
I love teaching at Westminster, where small class sizes allow me to learn from my students at the same time that they are learning from me. I teach courses in writing, literature, and literary theory; and I also serve as the Writing Specialist at Learning & Writing Services, an excellent resource for students who need help with course concepts and assignments.