- Spanish narrative
- 20th-21st century Peninsular Spanish Culture
- Identity and difference
- The body
- Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
- Modern Language Association of America
- Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence
- Ph.D. University of Kansas
- M.A. University of Kansas
- B.A. College of William and Mary
Awards and Honors
Alumni Teaching Award
Certificate of Teaching Excellence
Panhellenic Teacher of Excellence
Liminal Fiction at the Edge of the Millennium: The Ends of Spanish Identity. (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014).
Angles on Otherness in Post-Franco Spain: The Fiction of Cristina Fernández Cubas (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2002).
“Scoring the National Hym(e)n: Sexuality, Immigration, and Identity in Najat El Hachmi’s L’últim patriarca.” Hispanic Review 81.3 (2013): 353-76.
“The Scatological Subject: Immigration, Evacuation, and the Abject in Juan Bonilla’s Los príncipes nubios.” Sociocriticism 27.1-2 (2012): 243-76.
“The Ethics of Spanish Identity and In-difference.” Philosophy and Literature 35.2 (2011): 216-32.
Current research investigates the representation of immigration, sexuality, and bodily waste in contemporary Spanish fiction.