Welcome to my online portfolio! A bit about me: I am currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of English at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. In the summer of 2019, I will be the Erikson Scholar in Residence at the Austen-Riggs Center working on a project exploring narratives of mental health in colonial America. My ORCID id is: 0000-0003-0704-8229
This site is designed to provide interactive access to my CV, teaching philosophy, teaching materials — including evidence of teaching effectiveness and course evaluations — Research, and more. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me or follow me on twitter.
My research interests include early American literature, multi-ethnic literature of the United States (MELUS) including Native American literature, narrative medicine, the history of science and medicine, and narratives of illness and disease. I also work on material objects, such as sewing samplers, baskets, and wampum. I am particularly interested in exploring issues of agency and identity, and analyze a variety of discursive texts and objects–ranging from letters and diaries, to medical tracts and sermons, to travel narratives and recipes.
The blog on this site incorporates links to conferences, articles, scholars, and organizations that I follow and/or participate in as well as ideas for teaching materials. In particular, this is where you can find links to press coverage for the Warrior-Scholar Project, an organization assisting veterans to transition from the military to higher education that I worked with for several years.