I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNC Asheville). I teach courses in US Ethnic Literatures, Postcolonial Literatures, US Ethnic Studies, and freshman composition, and am affiliated with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. I am also the Director of the US Ethnic Studies minor.
I earned my PhD in English at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio, where I wrote my dissertation on magical realism as literary activism in post-Cold War novels by American authors of color. I also have an MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento, and an MEd and a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have served as an Editorial Assistant for the journal Studies in American Indian Literatures, advised students (generally, for senior thesis projects, and for various student organizations), and have presented at numerous national and international conferences.
I specialize in 20th and 21st Century US Ethnic Literatures (African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American literature), 20th and 21st Century American Literature, postcolonial literatures (including global indigenous literatures), gender and sexuality studies, and genre studies.