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environmental health in Appalachia
hillbilly horror film
politics of representation in pop culture
Awards and Honors
Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research for Dear Appalachia (2011), Phi Beta Kappa Mu Chapter, Virginia Tech, 2013.
Weatherford Award for best non-fiction book of 2011, Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2012.
Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011).
“The Politics of Hillbilly Horror.” In Coffey and Skipper, eds, Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a US Region (U of Georgia P, New Southern Studies Series, forthcoming 2017).
“‘The Longing for Home,’ Appalachian Fiction, and Ron Rash,” Appalachian Journal 42:1-2 (Fall 2014/Winter 2015): 24-35.
“Reading Craddock, Reading Murfree: Local Color, Authenticity, and Geographies of Reception,” American Literature 78:1 (March 2006): 59-88.
“Intro to Appalachian Studies: Navigating the Myths of Appalachian Exceptionalism.” In Gantt and Burriss, eds., Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region (Ohio UP, Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia, 2013): 3-32.
Seed grant for Appalachian Health pilot research (with Krometis, PI, and 5 co-PIs), $20,353, Global Change Center, Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment, and Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech, 2015.
Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship for the Study of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, $4,000, National Endowment of the Humanities and the Appalachian Studies Association, 2009.
Current Research: A study of the appeal of backwoods horror films, 2000-2015. Interdisciplinary research regarding environmental health in central Appalachia, 1980-present.
Politics of culture
Affiliate, ASPECT Program, Virginia Tech
Coordinator, Minors in Pop Culture and American Studies, Virginia Tech
Program Chair, 2017 Conference, Appalachian Studies Association
Executive Committee, Reception Study Society
Editorial Advisory Board, Place Matters series, UP of Kentucky
Ph. D. Emory University Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts