Associate Chair, Department of English
Office: Radford 221
My research interests include 13th-century devotional literature, historical literary pragmatics, feminist theory, science fiction, linguistics, and reception theory. I enjoy teaching a wide range of courses on these and other topics.
- Aeneid, Virgil
- Mama Day, Gloria Naylor's
- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker
- Xenogenesis Trilogy, Octavia Butler
- PhD, University of Washington, English - Medieval Literature
- MA, University of Washington, English - Medieval Literature
- BA, Linfield College, English
- ENG101 College English I
- ENG110 Honors Composition
- ENG188 WBIS
- ENG210 Masterworks of Classical and Medieval Literature
- ENG211 British Literature I
- ENG281 Introduction to English Studies
- ENG301/501 Modern Grammars
- ENG302 Advanced Composition for the Humanities
- ENG332/532 Early Women Writers
- ENG340/540 Arthurian Legend and Romance
- ENG341/541 History of the English Language
- ENG346/546 Chaucer and His Age
- ENG351/551 Medieval Literature
- ENG383/583 Introduction of English Linguistics
- ENG384/584 Sociolinguistics
- ENG402 Internship
- ENG481 Seminar in English Studies
- ENG702 Language in Society
- ENG 712 Seminar in Women Writers
- ENG 795 Thesis
- ENG796 Independent Study
Selected Publications and/or Activities:
- “The Politeness of a Disciplining Text: Ideal Readers in Ancrene Wisse” forthcoming in The Journal of Historical Pragmatics (2012)
- “Reading the Letters of Heloise: A Devotional Curriculum for Medieval Nuns” Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest 12 (2007 for 2005): 1-25.
- “The Characterized Reader in Hali Meidhad and the Resisting Reader of Feminist Discourse on Medieval Devotional Texts” The Journal of Historical Pragmatics 6:1 (2005): 87-111.
- “’Nimað eow bysne be þyssere Iudith’: Deictic Shifting and Didactic Christian Discourse in Ælfric’s Judith” Studia Neophilologica 76 (2004): 1-13.
- “’I wold thow wer closyd in an hows of ston’: Reimagining Religious Enclosure in the Book of Margery Kempe” Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 20.2 (2003): 71-94.
- “’Was it I that killed the babies?’: Children as Disruptive Signifiers in Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home” Extrapolation: A Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy 42:1 (2001): 27-36.