Background and activities

I am Associate Professor of Literature in English at NTNU where I teach in the Faculty of Education's English section. My research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, race, and the law in 20th century American literature and film. I am also interested in pedagogical issues in literature and writing. I am a member of MLA (Modern Langague Association), ASA (American Studies Association), the European Association of American Studies (EAAS), the Nordic Association of American Studies (NAAS), and the American Studies Association in Norway (ASANOR). 

My current project, "Speaking the Unspeakable: Gendered Narratives of Trauma, the Law, and Pedagogy" has been funded by the Department of Teacher Education at NTNU. I am also the founder of the research group "North American Studies.

I am a member of the editorial board of Currents, the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity's peer-reviewed publication, which "connects scholarship in diversity, equity, and inclusion to practice and public discourse." I have served as an outside reader for publications such as American Studies in Scandinavia, English Journal, and Social Semiotics. I have also guest lectured at Interlochen Arts Academy. 

I completed my PhD in English, with focus on Critical Theory and 20th Century American Literature, at the University of Kentucky in 2016. Before joining the ILU faculty at NTNU, I was a faculty member in Liberal Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy where I taught courses for students in grades 9-12. 

Selected Publications

 “A Rational Continuum: Legal and Cultural Abortion Narratives in Trump’s America,” European Journal of American Studies, July 2020.

"Teaching Empathy and Promoting Global Citizenship Through Literature," English Journal, January 2020.

"Ten Recommendations to Recognize Diversity in the Classroom," University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity, December 2017. 

“Suburban Subversions: Swingers and the Sexual Revolution,” Sexuality & Culture, September 2016.

“Hauntingly Familiar: Bondage, Blood, and Property in Old Hepsy" Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis, Spring 2015.

Xtravaganza!: Drag Representation and Articulation in RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Studies in Popular Culture, Fall 2011, pgs.133-146.

Invited Speaker:

“Creative Stories of Gender and Embodiment” NTNU Center for Gender Studies, International Womxn’s Day, March 5th 2020.

Selected Conferences

“The Lyricism of Marginality: Biopolitics in Trump-Era Dystopian Fiction,” European Association of American Studies, May 1st - May 3rd 2020, Warsaw Poland.

“Traumatic Containment in Paratopian Women’s Novels,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 15 – 17th 2019, Atlanta GA.

“The One You’re With: Adultery and Divorce Law Reform During the Sexual Revolution,” International Conference on Narrative, May 30 – June 1st 2019, Pamplona Spain.

 “A Rational Continuum:” the Legacy of Roe and the Right to Sexual Privacy,” Nordic Association for American Studies, April 25, 2019.

“Teaching Empathy to the Cosmopolitan Reader through Jim Crow,” American Studies Association of Norway, 11-13 October 2018. 

Round table discussion, K-16 Alliance, Modern Language Association, New York City, January 2018.

 “Unspeakable Acts: Free Gay Speech and the Rise of the Queer Novel,” International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society, Bangkok, July12-14 2017.

“You and Your Folks: Interracial Desire and Legal Subjectivity,” International Conference on Narrative, Amsterdam, June 16-18 2016.

“The Mask and Hustler Identity,” International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society, Dublin Ireland, June 17-20 2015.

Panel Organizer and paper presentation, “Narratives of the Sexual Revolution,” International Conference on Narrative, Chicago, March 5-8 2015.

Selected Awards

Robert Mikkelsen Research Grant, American Studies Association of Norway

Emerging Diversity Scholar, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, 2016.

Post Conference Training Scholarship, International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society, June 2015.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

Journal publications