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  • Position: Professor of World Literature
  • Department: English Language & Literature
  • Campus Address: Anspach 301I
  • Phone: (989) 774-7554
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  • Director of the Cultural and Global Studies Program
  • Presidential Administrative Fellow for 2019-2020

Courses taught:

WGS 100: How Gender Affects Our Lives
ENG 145WI: Bestsellers and Prizewinners
ENG 146WI: Race and Racism in American Literature
ENG 201: Intermediate Composition
ENG 201H: Intermediate Composition Honors section
HON 207WI: Study in Global Cultures
               "Fictions of Crime: Liberty and Justice for All?"
               "Representing Human Rights in Art, Literature, and Cinema"
ENG 252: American Literature Survey from Realism to Present
ENG 300: Study Abroad
               "Cuba Beyond Castro, Cars, and Cigars” (Summer 2017)
                “Cross-cultural Rhythms of Brazil” (under development)
                “Irish Literary Landscapes: The Mystical and The Modern” (Summer 2020)
Hon 321B: Special Topics
                 "Representing Human Rights in Art, Literature, and Cinema"
ENG 321: Human Rights in Art, Literature and Film
ENG 323WI: Fantasy and Science Fiction
ENG 326: Literary Analysis of Film
ENG/WGS 327WI: Women Writers
                  "Gender and Genre"
                  "Postcolonial Women's Writing"
ENG 329: African-American Literature
ENG 333: Introduction to Non-Western Literature
                  "Themes of Identity in Non-Western Literature"
                  "Twentieth Century Latin American Literature"
                  "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"
ENG 338C: Topics in Modern or Contemporary World Literature
                   "Fictions of Crime in Contemporary World Literature"
                   "Uncharted Territories: The Transnational Novel in Translation"
ENG 435WI: Senior Seminar: Genealogies of Magical Realism
ENG 435: Studies in Texts: World Detective Fiction
ENG 454: Contemporary American Prose: "Reproductions" (Spring 2014)
                   "Other Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Magical Realism"
ENG 460: Senior Seminar: "Multicultural American Literature"
                   "Critical Approaches to Race in Multicultural American Literature"
ENG 656D:  Graduate Seminar in American Literature: "Figures of the Imagination:  Science, Gender & Nation in 20th Century Literature of the Americas"
                  "Figures of the Imagination: Science, Gender, & Nation in Twentieth Century Literature of America
ENG 665:  Graduate Seminar in World Literature: "Magical Realism & World Literature"
                   "Reproductions: Literal, Literary, and Otherwise"
                   "Magical Realism"

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, Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, Science Studies, and Cultural Studies
  • Genre Theory, Literary Theory, and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics and Human Rights
  • Modernism & Postmodernism


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature with graduate certificate in 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