Since 2008, I have taught the following first year writing seminars for the Expository Writing Program: Fashion & Identity, What Is Work?, American Gangster: From Jay Gatsby to Jay-Z, Seeing Is Believing, Citizens!, Doppelgängers & Doubles, Wolves of Wall Street, and Myth of the American Dream, and new this semester: your course: The Great Gatsby: Myth to Meme. I am in the process of designing the following two future courses for the Expository Writing Program: Prison Abolition and Peripatetic Worlds: Pilgrimage to Psychogeography.
I serve on OU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice Social Justice Committee, am a member of OU Green Zone, and support OU military students through my service on the Pat Tillman Scholarship Committee. I have been a committed 2SLGTBQIA+ ally for the last 30 years.
I support and participate in community engagement projects involving prison abolition and decarceration initiatives. With colleagues from OU’s Expository Writing Program and Langston University, I cofounded OPWAF: Oklahoma Prison Writers and Artists Foundation and co-mentor an inmate writing group at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, Oklahoma. You can purchase a copy of the JHCC Writers Guild’s first published anthology, Emergence, here:
My research and scholarship in literary modernism explore connections between sartorial culture and formal innovation in the modernist novel, and the effects of this coalescence in representing modern identity. I have published on Ernest Hemingway and the female writer in the Kent State University Press series, Teaching Hemingway and Gender, and on F. Scott Fitzgerald and dandyism in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review.
I have received a National Endowment for the Humanities [NEH] Fellowship, an Annette Kolodny Award, and a Smith Reynolds Founders Fellowship from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.
My two current research projects-in-progress propose a) that we read The Great Gatsby as the first literary gangster novel and b) that we find in the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway evidence of a post-war, twentieth-century flâneur figure.