B.A. Individualized Major, University of Delaware
Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University

Office: UW2-347
Phone: 425-352-3399
Mailing: Box 358511, 11136 NE 180th Street, Bothell, WA 98011-1713


My preparation and principles cause me to seek holistic approaches to the study of culture; to pursue interdisciplinary forms of inquiry; to engage contextual issues of inequality, injustice, and silence; and to view teaching, scholarship, and service as (in part) potential agents of cultural intervention and change. Whatever subject matter I might be teaching, however, I am most concerned to encourage students toward independent thought, engaged dialogue, and considered action.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry
BIS 351 Photo Criticism
BIS 361 Texts and Contexts
BIS 364 Public Memory and Dissent
BIS 464 Alfred Hitchcock and Reception Theory
BIS 493 Children's Literature and Reader-Response Criticism
BIS 490 Public Art and Controversy
BCUSP 190 Contemporary Literature--Reading/Writing Magical Realism
BCUSP 191 Art and Public Space


My research interests include American studies; 19th- and 20th-century United States literature and culture; visual art practice, production, and exhibition; women's studies; multicultural education and curriculum revision; HIV/AIDS education; critical and alternative pedagogy; institutional change and educational leadership.

My work has appeared in such publications as Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion; The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture; The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas;  Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces; Women and Language; Transformations: A Resource for Curriculum Transformation and Scholarship; Elsewhere: A Journal for the Literature of Place; NCTE's English Journal; Gender Forum: An Internet Platform for Gender and Women’s Studies; Genre: An International Journal of Literature and Art; College Art Association Reviews; Radical Teacher: A Socialist and Feminist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching; Radical History Review; Material Culture; Academic Exchange Extra; Urban Geography; Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching; Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities; Journal for the Study of Radicalism; and Journal of Social History.

I contribute to edited collections (most recently, The World Is Our Home: Society and Culture in Contemporary Southern Writing and Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture), online journals ( and reference works (Encyclopedia of Women¹s Folklore and Folklife; Encyclopedia of America Social Movements, Dictionary of Literary Biography, LGBTQ America Today, Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences, Great Lives from History, Encyclopedia of African American Literature, Encyclopedia of Women¹s Autobiography, Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Home Front Heroes: A Biographical Dictionary of Americans During Wartime, and Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History).  I also write and publish poetry.

At present, I have work underway on several research projects, including an oral history of the Seattle Conspiracy Trial, co-authored with Kit Bakke.

Selected Publications

(with Alice George and Scott Beekman), Social History of the United States: The 1920s, 2008.

(with Brian Greenberg). Social History of the United States: The 1900s, 2008.

Encyclopedia of American Folklore, 2006.

Gertrude Stein: A Study of the Short Fiction, 1999.

Rapture Untold: Gender, Mysticism, and The 'Moment of Recognition' in the Writings of Gertrude Stein, 1996.