In both my research and teaching, I emphasize the centrality of social identity to literary narratives. My research has focused primarily on narrative form, gender, race, and social justice. Most recently, I have been working on utilizing Intergroup Dialogue techniques in the classroom and community to bridge differences and move toward a more equitable society.
- 2015—President’s Innovation Grant to explore Transdisciplinary Collective
- 2015—Colloquium Speaker Grant
- 2014—Colloquium Speaker Grant
- 2013—President’s Innovation Grant for Intergroup Dialogue Program
- 2011—Faculty Research Grant to conduct sabbatical research in Italy
- The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011.
- NOMA Notice of Multicultural Achievement Award, 2007 and 2008.
- HyPE Teacher Appreciation Award, Lebanon Valley College, 2006.
- James A. Robinson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Maryland, Department of English, May 2000.
- Distinguished Teaching Assistant for 1999-2000, University of Maryland, Center for Teaching Excellence, May 2000.
- Distinguished Teaching Assistant for 1998-99, University of Maryland, Center for Teaching Excellence, May 1999.
- Outstanding Teacher Award, The Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council, University of Maryland, Fall 1997.
Opening Acts: Narrative Beginnings in Twentieth-Century Feminist Fiction, University of Nebraska Press, September 2015.
- “That Which Gets Reconstructed as Metaphor: Disidentification in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad” Contemporary African American and Black British Women Writers: Narrative, Race, Ethics, Routledge: eds. Jean Wyatt and Sheldon George, 2021.
- “[Un]Natural Connections: Feminist Experimentation and Unnatural Narration in Nights at the Circus,”Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges, Ohio State University Press: eds. Jan Alber and Brian Richardson, 2020.
- “Toward a Critical Race Narratology: Narrative Beginnings in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon,” Narrative Race and Ethnicity in the Americas eds. Jennifer Ho, James Donahue, and Shaun Morgan, Ohio University Press 2017.
- “Naturally Flawed?: Gender, Race, and the Unnatural in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” Storyworlds special edition, ed. Brian Richardson, winter 2016.
- “Initiating Dialogue: Beginnings in Multicultural Narratives” New Horizons in the Analysis of World Narrative Fiction ed. Frederick Aldama, University of Texas Press January 2012.
- “Recessive Origins in Alvarez’s Garcia Girls: A Feminist Theory of Narrative Beginnings” Narrative Beginnings ed., Brian Richardson, 2010.
- Entries on “An Mei Hsu”, “Lindo Jong”, “Jing Mei Woo,” and “Ying Ying St. Clair,” characters from Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. Students’ Companion to American Literary Characters, 2006.
- “Narrative Beginnings in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club: A Feminist Study.” Studies in the Novel 35.1 (Spring 2003): 89-107.
- American Literature II
- African American Literature
- Literature by Women
- Dialogue and Social Justice
- Race in the 21st Century
- Queer Literature
- Novel and the Environment
- Intergroup Dialogue: Race
- Symposium on Black Lives Matter