Ph. D., M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., B.S. State University of New York, Buffalo
I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century dramatic literature and disability studies. My teaching interests include modern and contemporary drama, disability in drama, literature, and visual culture, feminist theatre, contemporary American multicultural drama, performance theory, and women writers.
My scholarship on disability and performance has been published in Legacy, Contemporary Theatre Review, the National Women's Studies Association Journal, Gendering Disability, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. I was an American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Fellow for 2003-04, and I've been a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Disability Studies Fellow, a National Humanities Center Jesse Ball DuPont Summer Seminar Fellow, a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, an IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Faculty Development Seminar Fellow, and a participant in Yale National Initiative Intensive Sessions in support of the Charlotte Teacher's Institute (CTI). I am a member of the local University Advisory Council for CTI, and the National University Advisory Council of the Yale National Initiative.
My CTI seminars for Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school teachers include "'Performing' Experiments: Depictions of Science in Theatre" (2009), "The Body and Identity as Portrayed in the Collections of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art" (2011), and "Imagining Modern Bodies: Disability and Art at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art" (2013).
I have served on the executive board of the Society for Disability Studies and the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Disability Studies. My current book project traces the representation of disability on the 20th-century commercial stage.
My work in disability studies has led to exciting interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues. In 2009, I co-curated two disability-related visual arts exhibitions with Jessica Cooley '05: Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, and STARING, both in the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. I team teach "Representations of HIV/AIDS" with Professor of Biology David Wessner, focusing on the interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural representation of HIV/AIDS across the arts and sciences. I lecture frequently on the topic of disability and representation, appearing as a "Modern Mondays" speaker at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, as well as speaking at multiple colleges and universities.