My scholarly interests are wide-ranging and include several elements of twentieth and twenty-first century American Literature and Popular Culture. Specifically, I often investigate representations of gender and/or sexuality in genre television.  I have published on television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Veronica Mars, and The X-Files.

Awards & Recognition:

August 2011: My dissertation, Just a Girl: The Community-Centered Cult Television Heroine, 1995-2007, received a “Library Influence Award” from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries for being one of the top twenty downloaded dissertations during the 2010-2011 academic year.


Spring 2011: The Literary Angel, an collection of essays that I co-edited with AmiJo Comeford (Dixie State College, Utah), was nominated for the book-length “Mr. Pointy,” the annual juried award for scholarly writing on the works of Joss Whedon sponsored by the Whedon Studies Association.


2005: My graduate seminar paper, “Prostitution Reform Rhetoric in the Sentimental Novel as Performed in Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall and Lillie Devereux Blake’s Fettered for Life,” received the Karen Dunning Women’s Studies Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Paper Award at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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