I am Assistant Professor of English at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where I teach courses in American Literature and Creative Writing. My academic interests include contemporary American Literature, Southern culture, food writing, food studies, and women’s studies.
I earned my BA and MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. I taught literature and composition as an adjunct at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Davis & Elkins College for three years before earning a PhD in English from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. My book project, Stories of Southern Cooking: Authenticity and Identity in Recipe Origin Narratives, examines the rhetorical strategies that contemporary U.S. Southern cookbook writers use to argue for authenticity.
In addition to my academic work, I have a passion for cooking, baseball, and bad television. I am a food adventurer, unafraid to eat anything twice.