Associate Professor, English

Furman Hall

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Finishing my second book of nonfiction, an essay collection about natural history and the post-atomic landscape. And thinking and writing about creative writing pedagogy.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      For teaching, incorporating texts having to do with human responses to the non-human world into my reading lists; for research, grappling with artifacts in the landscape and teasing out what they might mean, in larger historical and creative contexts.

  • Center-funded research projects

      Stuffed Turkeys and Wax Flowers: Southern Appalachia in dialogue with the American Museum of Natural History

      In my fellowship, I researched the techniques and methods used by artists in the creation of dioramas, or habitat displays, and visited them at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I then visited some of the field sites upon which those dioramas were based, evaluating the differences in the site as represented a century ago. Culminating in an essay, which appears in my new book manuscript, I unravel the connections between dioramas and the natural world that they represent. I will use my fellowship experiences to continue to create innovative field assignments for my writing courses.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • FYS Arctic Frontier
      • FYW Caves and the Literary Imagination
      • ENG 223 (Introduction to Creative Nonfiction)
      • ENG 335 (Immersion Journalism)
      • FYW 1167—Winter in Literature and Life
      • FYS Comedy & Tragedy in Contemporary American Nonfiction.
      • ENG 475, senior seminar - Atomic Literature. 

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