A passion for language and stories shapes my life and teaching. Whether exploring broad sweeps of literature or focusing on a single author in a course like “Jane Austen in Text and Film,” I am energized by dialogue with students about the ways literature helps us understand ourselves and our world. I am currently developing courses in Medieval literature (with a unit on Arthurian legend) and on Romanticism and revolution.
As an undergraduate at Houghton, I majored in English, with minors in History and Bible. I also did some acting and edited the college literary magazine, The Lanthorn. My M.A. is from SUNY Binghamton, where I studied Anglo-Saxon literature with Bernard Huppé . Then, at Drew University, I earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century Studies, focused on the formation of modern culture. Keeping professionally active is important to me, so I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Conference on Christianity and Literature, NASSR (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism), the Jane Austen Society of North America, and the Academy of American Poets.
My poems have been published in a number of journals, including The Cresset, The Sow’s Ear, and Midwest Quarterly. I have also published short stories, essays, and scholarly articles. My most recent scholarly work has focused on women writing in the Romantic period, exploring my interest in the ways religious identity shapes intercultural encounter.
My husband Stephen is also a Houghton professor, and we have one daughter, Hannah, who is in graduate school at Duke University. We enjoy hiking, canoeing, travel, and, of course, reading.