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Courses taught:

ENG 201: Intermediate Composition

ENG 321: Representing Human Rights in Art, Literature and Film

ENG 323: Fantasy and Science Fiction

ENG 326: Literary Analysis of Film

ENG 329: African-American Literature

ENG 333: Literatures of Non-Western Cultures

ENG 435: World Detective Fiction

ENG 460: Senior Seminar: "Multicultural American Literature"

ENG 656:  Graduate Seminar in American Literature: "Figures of the Imagination:  Science, Gender & Nation in 20th Century Literature of the Americas"

ENG 665:  Graduate Seminar in World Literature: "Magical Realism & World Literature"

Areas of Interest and Expertise:

  • Literature of the Americas (North, South, and Inter-American literatures from the colonial period to the present)
  • Twentieth-century Comparative Literature and World Literature
  • Feminist Theory, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Science Studies, and Cultural Studies
  • Genre Theory, Literary Theory, and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics and Human Rights


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Women's Studies, Penn State University (2009)
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, Penn State University (2004)
  • B.S. Spanish Language and Literature, double major in Accounting, Nazareth College of Rochester (2001)

Professional Organizations:

  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts