• Literature, Critical Theory

Areas of Expertise:

  • Theory, American Literature, Romanticism, Popular Culture, Midwestern Literature

Degrees and Universities:

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honors and Recognitions:

  • CMU Distinguished Teaching Award
  • MidAmerica Award for Scholarship in Midwestern Literature


  • Books on American Road Literature, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Herbert W. Martin, Edgar Lee Masters, Critical Analysis of Television, the writing process

Professional Organizations:

  • MMLA, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Areas of Research:

  • Chicago Literature
  • Making Films about writers