News and Updates​​​ 

  • Starting in the Fall of 2020, I will be the Assistant Director of Women's and Gender Studies at West Virginia University

  • Order your copy of To Feast on Us as Their Prey: Cannibalism and the Early Modern Atlantic from the University of Arkansas Press (edited by Rachel Herrmann) and check out my chapter, "Sex and Cannibalism: The Politics of Carnal Relations between Europeans and American 'Anthropophagites' in the Caribbean and Mexico"

    • 2020 Winner of the ​Association for the Study of Food and Society Book Award (Edited Anthology Category)!

  • I will be a Visiting Regional Faculty Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas this summer! (Deferred until the summer of 2021)

  • (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19) I will be presenting at the 18th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities at Johns Hopkins University (May 28-31, 2020).


  • My essay "Mary Kittamaquund Brent, 'The Pocahontas of Maryland:' Sex, Marriage, and Diplomacy in the 17th century Chesapeake" has been accepted for publication!

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