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Research and Teaching Interests: Gender studies, women’s literature, American Literary Realism, Edith Wharton

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., University of Tennessee, English/Minor in Psychology
  • M.A., University of Tennessee, English
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, English

I teach courses on composition, American literature, women writers, and critical theory. I recently taught a seminar on Jane Austen, a gothic novel course, and a course on women physicians in American literature. My courses encourage dynamic class discussions about important current and historical social issues along with close textual analysis of literature.

My research is primarily focused on issues of gender and their relationship to literary aesthetics. My book, Murderess to Doctress: The Affective Legacy of the Abortionist in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, forthcoming from Routledge Press, analyzes the way various types of novels capture the emotional response to women physicians in nineteenth-century America. My work uses aesthetic theories of terror, horror, and empathy as well as historical research on women doctors in America.

I also have the pleasure of directing the English Honors Program. If you are an English major and are interested in writing an honors thesis, please email me for more information and visit the Honors webpage.

I am the current secretary of the Edith Wharton Society and co-directed the Edith Wharton's (virtual) New York conference in July of 2020.

In my free time, I am a committed, if slow, trail runner and bike rider. 

Recent Courses

  • Women’s Literature and Theory
  • The Gothic Novel
  • Jane Austen
  • Medical Women in American Literature
  • Women’s Science Fiction

Select Publications


Murderess to Doctress: Abortion and the Woman Physician Character in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Under contract and forthcoming with Routledge Press.

Articles and Essays

  • “Edith Wharton and Christina Rossetti: Retelling Feminine Self-Sacrifice.” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton, edited by Emily J. Orlando. Bloomsbury Press (forthcoming 2021).
  • “‘Cutting Up Dead Babies’: The Literary Legacy of the Woman Physician as Abortionist.” Women’s Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal (forthcoming fall 2020).
  • “‘Trying It On’ Again as Affect: Rethinking Feeling in The Age of Innocence” Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence: New Centenary Essays, edited by Arielle Zibrak. Bloomsbury Press. November, 2019: 115-131.
  • “Introduction: Medical Women in American Literature.” Special Issue of Arizona Quarterly: American Literature, Culture, and Theory on Medical Women in American Literature. 74.4 (2018): 1-13.
  • “Melodrama and Drama.” Nathaniel Hawthorne in Context, edited by Monika Elbert. Cambridge University Press. November, 2018: 157-166.
  • “‘The Third Sex’: Nineteenth-Century Doctresses in Liminal Literary Spaces.” Liminality, Hybridity, and American Women’s Literature: Thresholds in Women’s Writing, edited by Kristin J. Jacobson. Palgrave-Macmillan. May, 2018: 165-181.
  • “A New Material Approach to Reading Objects in Wharton’s Novels of Manners.” Edith Wharton: Critical Insights, edited by Myrto Drizou. Salem Press. December, 2017: 96-109.
  • “‘Fumbling with the Key’ to Narrative and Feminine Duality in Henry James’s Watch and Ward.” South Atlantic Review. 79.1-2 (2015): 143-157.
  • “Veiling Ladies and Narrative Masquerade in The Blithedale Romance.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. 40.1 (2014): 62-82.
  • “Trying it On: Narration and Masking in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.” JML: Journal of Modern Literature. 36.1 (2012): 37-52.

Guest Editor

Special Issue of Arizona Quarterly: American Literature, Culture, and Theory. “Medical Women in American Literature.” Issue 74.4 (Winter 2018).