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Assistant Professor


University of Missouri-Kansas City, BA

New Mexico State University, MA

University of Pittsburgh, PhD

Areas of Specialty

Children’s Literature and Culture

Histories of Childhood and Adolescence

Gender Studies / Queer Theory

Transgender Studies

Science and Medicine

Personal Teaching Statement

As a teacher of literary and cultural studies, my primary aim is to engage students as thinkers and scholars. The questions that come to the surface in the teaching of culture and text are in abundance, questions about interpretation, questions about the limits of language and representation, and questions about the relationship between language and reality. Rather than resolve or ignore these uncertainties, I aim to bring them to the surface, providing students with the space to engage intellectually with the problems of language. In a sense, every class I teach launches an inquiry into how meaning is made, how language and context construct meaning, and how shared meanings circulate in texts over time. While we cannot resolve the uncertainties of language, we can attend to the stakes and consequences of using language in ways that make us better writers, readers, and thinkers both inside and outside the university.

Selected Publications

“Adolescence, Trans Phenomena and the Politics of Sexuality Education.” The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education. Eds. Mary Lou Rasmussen and Louisa Allen. London: Palgrave, forthcoming 2017.

“Is the Trans Child a Queer Child? Constructing Normativity in Raising Ryland andI am Jazz: A Family in Transition.” Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture 1.1 (2016): 95-109. 

“Toward a Theory of Adolescence: Queer Disruptions in Representations of Adolescent Reading.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 7.1 (2015): 110-134.

“Adolescence.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 1: 1/2 (2014): 22-4. 

“Queer Theory Wrestles the ‘Real’ Child: Impossibility, Identity, and Language in Jacqueline Rose’s The Case of Peter Pan.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.3 (2010): 255-73.

Recent Conference Presentations

“Baby X: Queer Futures and the Figure of the Child.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA, 2015.

“Gender as Play, Gender as Risk: The Transgender Child in Three Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Biloxi, MI, 2013.

“The Transgender Child and the Question of Queer Science.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, University of Toronto, 2013.

“Queer Politics and the Logic of Adolescence.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Providence, RI, Brown University, 2012.