News and Updates​​​ 

  • I presented a paper entitled "The Colonial Scientist as Pied Piper: The Appetites of D. Carleton Gajdusek in Papua New Guinea" at the Challenging Narratives of European Conquest and Commemoration: The Fall of Tenochtitlan, 500 Years On conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Nottingham Trent University (virtual) in August 2021. 

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Beginning in the Fall of 2020, I will be the new Assistant Director for the Women's and Gender Studies program at West Virginia University. I am very excited to return to a large public institution like WVU and for the opportunity to work with graduate students and to further develop my leadership skills. This new position also brings me geographically closer to my family than I have been in many years. 

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.

For more information, please download my CV