Areas of Interest & Expertise
Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught
Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy, Cornell University Press, 2009.
Review of Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: Life Stories from the Academy edited by H. K. Aikau, K. A. Erickson, J. L. Pierce. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007). American Studies 48 (1).
Review of Shameless: Sexual Dissidence in American Culture by Arlene Stein. American Studies Journal 47.3-4 (2007): forthcoming.
"Reproducing the Souls of White Folk" Hypatia 22.2 (2007): 98-121.
"The Hillbilly Defense: Culturally Mediating U.S. Terror At Home and Abroad" National Women's Studies Association Journal 17.3 (2005): 39-63.
"An American Conflict: Representing the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy." Appalachian Journal 32.3 (2005): 352-378.
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Dare? Confronting Anti-abortion Terrorism after 9/11" Journal of Constitutional Law 6.4 (2005): 796-817. Reprinted in Gender and Apocolyptic Desire, Brenda Brasher and Lee Quinby, eds (London: Equinox Publishers, 2006).
Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics. Cornell University Press, 2002.
"Cracked Babies and the Partial Birth of a Nation: Millenialism and Fetal Citizenship" Cultural Studies 14.1 (2000): 35-60.
Honors & Offices
Recent Grants or Research Trips
Recent Conference Presentations
"What’s this Cow Doing in My Queer Theory?” paper presented to the Cultural Studies Association, New York City, May 2008.
"Mama, Don't Let Meth Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," paper presented to the Friends of the Forms, Stillwater, March 2008.
"Regionalism and the 'Return of Religion': Teaching Gender in Red States." NWSA Conference, Illinois, June, 2007.
"Gender: A Useful Category for Analyzing Appalachia." Appalachian Studies Association. Maryville, Tennessee, April 2007.
"Contextualizing Kopp's 'Abortion is Holocaust' Statement" The Abortion Controversy in Context, Baldy Center for Law and Policy, University at Buffalo Law School, October, 2006.
"The Story Behind Partial Birth" 'Pro-life' Visual Politics, Narrative and History" The 13th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Claremont, California, June, 2005.
Current Research & Projects
My current research project, tentatively titled Global Oklahomo: Antigay Exports from Middle America, will be my third book that addresses the rise of the right since the 1960s. It traces the idea of queer-as-terrorist back to its McCarthy-era forebears to provide contexts for current theories about the relationship between queers and nation-states in the post-9/11 world. Drawing from material from the Tretter Collection of GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota, the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements at the University of Kansas, and other archives, Global Oklahomo engages questions of sexuality, time, place, and nationalism, which have dominated queer theory for the past several years and influenced the work of Jasbir Puar, Judith Halberstam, Sally Kern, and Timothy McVeigh, to name a few.