- Basic Information
- Awards & Honors
- Areas of Interest
- Professional Affiliations
- Ph.D., MA, BA – English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies
- Undergraduate minor in Chemistry
- Beyoncé, Black Feminism, and Pop Culture
- Beyoncé and Black Women’s Writing
- Black Lives Matter in American Film
- African American Literature, 1773-Present
- The American Experience
- American Protest Literature
- Freaks & Geeks in American Literature
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Chicago Renaissances
- Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
- Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century American Literature
- Literary Criticism
- The Lost Generation
- Major Author: Zora Neale Hurston
- Senior Seminar: Disability Studies
Awards & Honors
- David D. Anderson award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature , for “The Book Circle: Black Women Readers and Middlebrow Taste in Chicago, 1943-1953,” 2020
- Katharine Newman Best Essay award, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), for “Literary Justice in the Post-Ferguson Classroom”
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend ($6,000), 2017 - Funding for Bronzeville’s Books: Cultures of Reading in the Black Chicago Renaissance
- Senior Class Award, Ripon College, 2017
- Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955″ (Newberry Library, 2013)
- Campus Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
- “The Book Circle: Black Women Readers and Middlebrow Taste in Chicago, 1943-1953.” Reception, vol. 11, 2019, pp. 4-20.
- “Literary Justice in the Post-Ferguson Classroom.” MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), vol. 42, no. 4, Winter 2017. Special issue, “Pedagogy in Anxious Times,” edited by Cristina Stanciu and Anastasia Lin.
- “Mapping The Quaker City’s Queer Ecology.” A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia, Ecology, and the Material Imagination. Ed. Alan C. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe. Penn State UP, forthcoming December 2016.
- “Letters from Era Bell Thompson to Stanley Pargellis, 1944, 1953.” Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago. Ed. Liesl Olson. Digital Collection, Newberry Library.http://publications.newberry.org/makingmodernism/exhibits/show/exhibit/thompson. 2014.
- “‘Dropping Crooked into Rhyme’: Djuna Barnes’s Disabled Poetics in The Book of Repulsive Women.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 30.1 (2013): 124-50. Special issue, “Women Writing Disability,” edited by Michael Davidson.
- “‘Dens of Iniquity and Holes of Wickedness': George Lippard and the Queer City.” Journal of American Studies 43.2 (Aug. 2009): 319-339.
Areas of Interest
- Twentieth-century American literature and culture
- African-American literature
- Black Chicago Renaissance
- Disability studies
- Gender and women’s studies
- Managing editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
- American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
- Modernist Studies Association
- Society for Disability Studies
- Society for the Study of American Women Writers
- “Bronzeville’s Bookstores and the Making of the Black Chicago Renaissance,” MELUS annual conference, Charleston (SC), March 2016.
- “The Caring Labor of the Black Chicago Renaissance: The Case of Chicago Girl,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers triennial conference. Philadelphia, November 2015.
- “For My People: Reception and Readership in the Black Chicago Renaissance,” Reception Studies Society annual conference. Fort Wayne (IN), September 2015.
- “Recovering the Black Chicago Renaissance,” American Literature Association annual conference, Boston, May 2015
- "Chicago Girl: A Lost Novel of the Black Chicago Renaissance." The Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture Biennial Conference: "African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture." University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2014.
- “Surviving Naturalism in The Street.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference. Denver, October 2012.
- Chair and respondent, “Nineteenth-Century Women Writing Disability,” a panel sponsored by Legacy. Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference. Denver, October 2012.
- Chair and moderator, “Women Writers, Classroom Citizens: A Roundtable on Pedagogy.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference. Denver, October 2012.
- “A New Philosophy of Normalcy: Negative Beauty in Lummox.” Space Between Society Conference. McGill University, Montreal, Canada. June 2011.
- “Fannie Hurst and the Standardization of Middle-Class Culture.” “Women Writers to Know II,” a panel sponsored by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. American Literature Association Convention. Boston, May 2011.
- “‘Ugly and Undistinguished’: Democratic Taste in The Blacker the Berry.” MLA. Los Angeles, Jan. 2011.