News: I am thrilled to have signed a contract with Amherst College Press to co-edit a collection of essays with a working title of Literary Criticism as Public Scholarship. Along with co-editor Rachel Arteaga, Assistant Director of the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities, I am excited to be bringing out work on this topic via the Amherst College Press peer-reviewed, digital-first, open-access platform.
I have been at Governors State University, south of Chicago, since 2006. I taught upper-division and graduate courses in literature and popular culture for GSU’s English programs until June 2018, when I became Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. For excellence in teaching, research, and service, I received the GSU Faculty Excellence Award in 2015, one of three honorees campus-wide. Between 2001 and 2013 I served five times as co-director and teaching faculty on Michigan State University’s English Department Summer Program in Dublin and the West of Ireland. I have published a book, Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan), and articles on crime fiction, Irish literature, and public scholarship (see “Public Scholarship: Making the Case” in Modern Language Studies). I have been on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Popular Culture since 2008, and I am a former member of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (2008-11).
I have been awarded two separate grants through the NEH program Dialogues on the Experience of War, part of the Standing Together initiative, with project co-director Andrae Marak, Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU. For 2018-19, I look forward to an exciting year of programming on the theme of “War Memory and Commemoration in the Humanities.” Please see my website’s NEH projects page and look for related material on Twitter via the hashtag #ENGL4080
My primary research area is crime fiction. Moving into the contemporary period from a foundation in the Anglo-American tradition, my research also includes Irish, Swedish, and Norwegian crime fiction. I have published multiple articles on Tana French, Gene Kerrigan, and other Irish crime novelists, and I wrote a piece on the feminist worldviews of Swedish women crime writers Camilla Läckberg, Liza Marklund, and Helene Tursten for the the Los Angeles Review of Books. In Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction, I examined the feminist historiography of several women crime novelists writing in the 1990s, writers who fused historical research, a feminist effect, and carefully-constructed crime plots to teach readers about women’s history. Since then, my focus has been on crime fiction’s representations of contemporary urban spaces and on the emerging subgenre of domestic noir.
My dissertation was on the English novelist and playwright Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962), and I published an essay on his 1938 play Gaslight: A Victorian Thriller as the source text for the phenomenon known as gaslighting in the Los Angeles Review of Books: “On the Origins of Gaslighting.” The inter-war period remains one of my teaching and research areas, and recent work includes publishing an essay, Dorothy L. Sayers and Virginia Woolf: Perspectives on the Woman Intellectual in the late 1930s in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany (2015), presenting on Edith Meiser’s American radio serial adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories at the American Literature Association Symposium on Criminal America (2017), and publishing “Thinking Through Crime: F. Tennyson Jesse” in the Mystery Tribune (2017).