Associate Professor, English
Mannerheim Hall, Room 403
BA, Biology and English, Williams College, 2005
PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2014
African American Literature
American Literature Survey
Apocalyptic & Dystopian Literature
Books that Changed the World
Great Books of the United States
Introduction to College English
Literature and Gender
Native American Literature
Modern Languages Association
Western Literature Association
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
Toomer, Jean, A Drama of the Southwest, Ed. by Carolyn Dekker, The University of New Mexico Press 2016.
“Jean Toomer Sojourner: Striking Experience in the South and Southwest,” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 2014. (Full text link: melus.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/mlu049?ijkey=p9Lhi7i9uBT8xwd&keytype=ref .)
“The Lost Women of Silko’s Ceremony.” Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony/ Almanac of the Dead/ Gardens in the Dunes, ed. David L. Moore. New York: Bloomsbury 2016.
“Survival is Insufficient: Northern Michigan as a Post-Apocalyptic Final Frontier,” Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region. v. 5 2017. (Full text link: https://commons.nmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1034&context=upper_country )
“From Father Berrigan to Black Lives Matter: Literary Representations of Peace Activism Since 1945,” A History of World Peace Since 1750, ed. Bill Knoblauch and Christian Petersen, New York: Routledge 2018.
“Willa Cather's Southwestern Grave Robbers,” Western American Literature, 54.4 (2020): 415-439. (Full text link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/747703 )
North Country: A Pedagogical Almanac, Black Lawrence Press 2023.
“February: Raccoons and Salmon,” Identity Theory, 29 March 2018.
“October: Pomegranates,” Up North Literary Journal, Summer 2018.
“From Mea Culpa to Me Too,” Waccamaw 23, Fall 2019.
Nominated for the Best of the Net, 2020.
“Copper Dogs and Gold,” Performed for Red Jacket Jamboree variety radio show at the Rozsa Center at Michigan Technological University, 14 February 2020. Aired February 2021.
“Ezekiel's Wife,” Windhover, January 2008.
“The Very Fantastic Story of My Animals,” Connecticut Review, Spring 2008.
“Laughing Big Jim,” Rosebud No. 45, Summer/Fall 2009.
Awards & Recognitions
"October: Pomegranates" Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Finalist for the Best of the Net, 2019.
“From Mea Culpa to Me Too,” Nominated for the Best of the Net, 2020.