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).
During the 2023-24 school year, I will be on sabbatical. During this time, I will be a research associate at the Five Colleges Consortium Women's Studies Research Center in Amherst MA, where I will be at work on my book project, Women in the Wastelands: the World Making of Feminist Critical Dystopian Fiction.
My current literature project, "Women in the Wasteland" has been funded by the department of Teacher Education at NTNU. See my blog post for the British Library's Eccles Centre for discussion of this project and my involvement in the British Library and University of Edinburgh-sponsored US Politics and Gender research group.
My pedagogy-based research project, "Global Citizenship Education and Norway," focuses on global citizenship education and English education. In a recent panel discussion, I shared experiences teaching literature, developing students' ethical and empathic skills, and the graphic novel Maus. See the recording here.
I am also the founder of the research group "North American Studies."
I am a member and author of the working group “Climate Change and Climate Literacy,” International Research Society for Children’s Literature.
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 Oxford University Press, American Studies in Scandinavia, English Journal, and Social Semiotics.
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.
Forthcoming 2022: "Serving Up Realness: Re-seeing Masculinity and Labor in Queer Eye," The Journal of Popular Culture.
Forthcoming 2022: Commissioned Chapter on “Resexualization of Older People and Nonmonogamy,” Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Volume 4, ed. Paul Reynolds, Policy Press/Bristol University Press.
Forthcoming 2022: “Re-Conceiving the World: Dystopia and Reproductive Justice,” book chapter, Handbook on Reproductive Justice and Literature, eds. Lazarri and Capo, Palgrave Macmillan.
“Dystopian Fiction & Long Feminist Histories,” American Collections Blog, British Library, December 14, 2021.
"Beyond Binaries, Borders, and Boundaries: Mapping the City in John Rechy's City of Night," Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities, 2021.
“A Rational Continuum: Legal and Cultural Abortion Narratives in Trump’s America,” European Journal of American Studies, July 2020.
“Empathy, Literature and the Global Citizen,” International Council of Teachers of English Newsletter, April 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 Criticisand Analysis, Spring 2015.
“Dear Student,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, Feb. 15, 2015.
"Connecting Source Material to Claims," Writing Commons, Spring 2012, republished in the University of Florida composition reader, Network, Collaborate, Compose. 2013.
“Xtravaganza!: Drag Representation and Articulation in RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Studies in Popular Culture, Fall 2011, pgs.133-146.
"Telling Stories: Discussions with Sidonie Smith, Keith Knapp, and Terry Castle," disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory: Vol. 21, pgs. 88-92.
“More Like People”: Eugenics and Humanism in Gilman’s Herland.” World Literary Review, Spring 2011.
Media and Public Lectures:
"Maus: A Conversation," West Virginia University Humanities Center, February 21, 2022.
“Creative Stories of Gender and Embodiment” NTNU Center for Gender Studies, International Womxn’s Day, March 5th 2020.
"Women in the Wastelands," European Association of American Studies Conference (EAAS), April 2022.
“Beyond the Page: Crafting Critical Global Citizens,” Modern Language Association Conference (MLA), January 2022.
“Reconceiving Nature in Dystopian Novels,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA), November 2021.
“Sorry You Feel That Way:” #Metoo and the Public Apology, American Studies Association of Norway, September 24-26th 2020, UiT, Tromsø, NO.
“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.
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.
Women’s Club Fellowship Award, University of Kentucky, 2013-2014.
Lyman T. Johnson Odyssey Award, University of Kentucky, 2012.
Academic Excellence Scholarship for a Graduate Student, University of Kentucky, 2011.
James Paul Brawner Writing Prize for Graduate writing, West Virginia University, 2008.
- MGLU3104 - English 2 (1-7) module 2
- ENG6024 - Literature and Culture in the Classroom
- LVUT8005 - English 1 (1-7) module 2
- MGLU3504 - English 2 (5-10) Module 2
- DID3303 - Literature, text and culture in the classroom
Scientific, academic and artistic work
Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database
- (2021) Beyond Binaries, Borders, and Boundaries: Mapping the City in John Rechy’s City of Night. Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities. vol. 2 (1).
- (2021) "Dystopian Fiction & Long Feminist Histories," American Collections blog, The British Library. American Collections blog, the British Library.
- (2020) A rational continuum: Legal and cultural abortion narratives in Trump's America. European Journal of American Studies. vol. 15 (2).
- (2020) Empathy, Literature, and the Global Citizen. International Council of Teachers of English Newsletter.
- (2020) Teaching Empathy and Promoting Global Citizenship through Literature. English Journal. vol. 109 (3).
- (2016) Suburban Subversions: Swingers and the Sexual Revolution. Sexuality & Culture.
- (2015) Dear Student. The Chronicle of higher education.
- (2015) Hauntingly Familiar: Bondage, Blood, and Property in Old Hepsy". Parlour.
- (2012) Telling Stories: Discussions with Sidonie Smith, Keith Knapp, and Terry Castle. disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory.
- (2011) “Xtravaganza!: Drag Representation and Articulation in RuPaul’s Drag Race”. Studies in Popular Culture.
- (2022) “Beyond the Page: Crafting Critical Global Citizens,”. Modern Language Association Conference 2022 . MLA; Washington DC. 2022-01-06 - 2022-01-09.
- (2021) “Reconceiving Nature in Dystopian Novels,”. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference . PAMLA; Las Vegas, Nevada. 2021-11-11 - 2022-02-14.
- (2020) “Sorry You Feel That Way:” #Metoo and the Public Apology". American Studies Association of Norway . ASANOR; UiT Tromsø. 2020-09-24 - 2020-09-26.
- (2019) “A Rational Continuum:” the Legacy of Roe and the Right to Sexual Privacy". Nordic Association for American Studies ; Bergen. 2019-04-23 - 2019-04-25.
- (2019) “The One You’re With: Adultery and Divorce Law Reform During the Sexual Revolution,”. International Conference on Narrative . ISSN; Pamplona, Spain. 2019-05-30 - 2019-06-01.
- (2019) “Traumatic Containment in Paratopian Women’s Novels,”. South Atlantic Modern Language Association . SAMLA; Atlanta, Georgia. 2019-11-15 - 2019-11-17.
- (2018) Teaching Empathy to the Cosmopolitan Reader through Jim Crow. American Studies Association of Norway . American Studies Association of Norway; Kristiansand. 2018-10-11 - 2018-10-13.