Visiting Assistant Professor
NMSU Department of English
MSC 3E, P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
I joined the English Department at New Mexico State University in 2012. Among my primary research interests are the intersections of the socials sciences and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and American Indian literatures and mythologies. My dissertation investigates the influence of anthropology upon narrative in novels, autobiographies, and travelogues by several nineteenth-century American writers, including Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Rollin Ridge (Cherokee), and my master's thesis investigates the role of compulsory assimilative boarding schools for American Indians as a metaphor for Medieval subjecthood and nation-building in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Currently, I am researching the incorporation of, and reactions against, anthropological definitions of traditional American Indian beliefs in novels of the American Indian Renaissance.
Courses Recently Taught
- English 438: Literature of the American Renaissance: Building "America"
- English 341V: American Indian Literature
- English 251: The Beginnings of American Literary Traditions
- English 244G: The Heroic Journey
I am acting as general editor, creator, and organizer for a new online journal for and by American Indian students at NMSU.
Review of The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico, by James H. Cox, in Melus: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, September, 2013.
"The Noble Werewolf: American Indian Shape-Shifter Stories and Twilight." In Approaching Twilight: Essays on a Cultural Phenomenon. McFarland and Company Press. Fall 2010.