Director of Literature Program & Honors Coordinator
PhD, The University of Iowa
Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Modern British and Irish literature
- Autobiography/ Life Writing
- Critical Disability Studies
Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught
- Literature and Disability Studies
- Autobiography: Theory and Practice
- The Harlem and Irish Renaissances
- Modernist Fiction
- Irish Modernism
Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland. Palgrave MacMillan. 2020. (Awared the 2021 Robert Rhodes Prize for Best Book in Irish Literature)
Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative. Syracuse University Press, 2004. (Awarded the 2005 Robert Rhodes Prize for Best Book in Irish Literature)
George Moore and the Autogenous Self: The Autobiography and Fiction. Syracuse University Press, 1994. (Awarded of the 1995 American Conference for Irish Studies Prize for Best Book of Literary and Cultural Criticism)
Essays (Since 2005):
“Contemporary Irish Studies and the Impact of Disability.” The Routledge Handbook of Irish Studies. Eds. Michael Cronin, Renee Fox, and Brian O’Conchubhair. Routledge. 2021: 248-59.
"George Moore: Gender, Place and Narrative." The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction. Ed. Liam Harte. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020: 101-16.
"Protestant Autobiography in the 18th and 19th Centuries." The Cambridge History of Irish Autobiography. Ed. Liam Harte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018: 54-68.
"Memoirs of Sight Loss from Post-Independence Ireland." The Irish University Review 47.2 (2017): 266-80.
"Rousseau, George Moore, and the Ethics of Confession." Etudes Irelandaises 41.1 (2016): 143-54.
"'The Little Red-Haired Boy, George Moore': Moore, Benmussa, Garcia and the Masculine Voices of Albert Nobbs." George Moore's Paris. Eds. Michel Brunet, Fabienne Gaspari and Mary Pierse. Oxford: Lang (Reimagining Irish Series), 2015: 251-67.
"Gossip, Art, and the Public Secret: George Moore on his Contemporaries." George Moore: Influence and Collaboration. Eds. Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2014: 137-50
"To Be Seduced, Transfixed, and Terrified: George Moore's Autobiographies and the Vampiric Grasp of Home." George Moore and the Quirks of Human Nature. Ed. Mary Pierse and Maria Elena Jaime de Pablos. Oxford: Lang (ReImagining Ireland Series), 2014: 143-62.
"Framing the Body: George Moore's 'Albert Nobbs' and the Disappearing Realist Subject." George Moore: Across Borders. Eds. Christine Huguet and Fabienne Garcier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013: 193-208.
"The Online Diary and New Narrative Structures for Disability Life Writing." Interférences littéraires/ Literaire interferenties 9 (2012): 237-47. Special Issue on the Diary.
"George Moore's Correspondence as Social Practice." George Moore: Dublin, Paris, Hollywood. Eds. Adrian Frazier and Conor Montague. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012: 156-70.
"A Dangerous Harbor: Walker Percy, Andre Dubus, and Marriage." Xavier Review. 30.1 (2011): 58-73. Special Issue on Andre Dubus/Andre Dubus II.
"Refiguring the Masculine Body in the Autobiographies of Disabled American Men." New Essays on Life Writing and the Body. Ed. Christopher Stuart. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009: 47-61.
"Body, Privacy, and Community: Reading Disability in the Late Fiction of Andre Dubus." Religion and Literature 38.3 ( 2007): 33-53.
“Irish Life Writing in the Twentieth Century.” The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel. Ed. John Wilson Foster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
"Castleleslie.com : Autobiography, Heritage Tourism, and Digital Design" New Hibernia Review: Iris Eireannach Nua 10:1 (Spring, 2006). (Winner of the 2007 Roger McHugh prize for Outstanding Article in Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies).
Honors & Offices
- 2021 Robert Rhodes Prize for Best Book in Irish Literature: Disability and Life Writing in Post Independence Ireland.
- Regents Award for Distinguished Scholarship, 2018.
- Sponsored international participant in the institute, Stories of Illness and Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural, Berlin Museum of Medical History and the Freie Universitat Berlin, 2017.
- Oklahoma State University Award for Service, 2015
- Sponsored international participant in the Seminar on George Moore, Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. 2014.
- 2007 Roger McHugh Prize for Outstanding Article in Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies: "Casteleslie.com: Autobiography, Heritage Tourism, and Digital Design."
- 2005 Robert Rhodes Prize for Best Book in Irish Literature: Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative.
- 1995 American Conference for Irish Studies Prize for Best Book of Literary and Cultural Criticism: George Moore and the Autogenous Self: The Autobiography and Fiction.
- Amoco Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
- Past President of the Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies
Recent Conference Presentations
"Bringing Disabled Voices into the Conversation: Lessons from Anti-Racist Pedagogy," American Conference for Irish Studies, Derry, 2021.
"A Geospatial Reading of George Moore's A Drama in Muslin and Confessions of a Young Man," Eleventh International Conference on George Moore, Limerick, 2021.
"Childhood Memoirs from Irish Residential Hospitals,” American Conference for Irish Studies, Boston, March 2019.
"Disability and the Language of Embodiment in the Autobiographies of Christopher Nolan,” Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Omaha, 2019.
“Framing the Folk: Modernnist Metropolitanism and the Regional Subject," Plenary Address to the Tenth International Conference on George Moore, Almeria, Spain, 2019
Current Research & Projects
An essay on the late Victorian and Modernist bildungsroman from the West of Ireland.