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About Me

I am the Assistant Director for the Women's and Gender Studies program at West Virginia University and a member of the Native American Studies program committee. The main focus of my job is the administration of the undergraduate program. I also supervise graduate teaching assistants in WGST and serve on graduate thesis and dissertation committees across campus. If you are a graduate student interested in working on the history of gender and sexuality, (particularly in the early modern Atlantic), cannibalism, colonialism indigeneity, etc. please get in touch!

Before coming to WVU, I served on the faculty of Avila University from 2012 until 2018. I took over the role of Director of Study Abroad in 2019 as well as the Interim co-Director of our first ever Honors Program. At Avila, I taught a wide range of courses including: American Experience I, American Women, Sex and Sexuality in America, American Slavery and the Slave Trade, American Empires, and Images and Realities of Gender. I was also a Visiting Assistant Professor in History and Gender & Women's Studies at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN during the 2011 academic year. 

My first book, Insatiable Appetites: Imperial Encounters with Cannibals in the North Atlantic World, published by NYU Press as part of the Early American Places Series, was released in April of 2015 and came out in paperback in 2017. More recently I wrote a chapter for To Feast on Us As Their Prey: Cannibalism and the Early Modern Atlantic, edited by Rachel Herrmann, for the University of Arkansas Press. I have a number of research projects in the works, so please visit my "Research" page for more information.

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Education

Bowling Green State University

  • PhD, American Studies 

  • Graduate Certificate, Ethnic Studies 

  • Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies  

  • MA, American Studies 

University of Maryland Baltimore County

  • BA, Ancient Studies and American Studies 

Employment

West Virginia University
  • Associate Professor (Service) of Women's and Gender Studies (2024 - Present)
  • Assistant Director and Assistant Professor (Service) of Women's and Gender Studies (2020 - 2024)
Avila University
  • Associate Professor of History (2017 - 2020)
    • Founding Director of Honors Program
    • Director of Study Abroad
  •   Assistant Professor of History (2012 - 2017)
Saint Mary's College
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies (2011 - 2012)
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