I earned my PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. I specialize in 20th and 21st-century American literature and popular culture, especially as they relate to women’s and gender studies and visual media. While, like all good English professors, I love books and believe they will always have cultural relevancy, I also believe that television and film today have the kind of wide-spread cultural influence that once only print literature held. These forms of visual media, in conjunction with other, newer means of digital communication, are how we tell stories—a primary means through which we define ourselves and our culture in the 21st century. As such, they are deserving of study; more importantly, though, we must study them for the same reasons we study all literature—to better understand ourselves and those with whom we share this world.
I am currently a full time lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I teach a variety of courses—both face-to-face and online—in literature, cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, and writing. I also serve as the Coordinator of eTeaching Resources for the department, helping train and support other department faculty with teaching online or incorporating eTeaching elements into their face-to-face courses.
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