Personal Research

Though I greatly enjoy my teaching and administrative responsibilities, I also find developing my own academic research highly rewarding.

My research interests are primarily in American literature of the late 19th century to modern works, specifically in southern literature. Most of my work leads me back to my love of New Orleans and its literary culture.

In my master’s thesis, I explore Kate Chopin, Lafcadio Hearn, and Grace King through the lens of new historicism, and my King studies continue today. I have been lucky enough to travel to Wittenberg, Germany and Metz, France to present on King at intercontinental conferences.

In my doctoral dissertation, I argue that King serves as a mentor to the American Modernist movement that began in the latter decades of her life. In it, I explore numerous texts through the lens of Arnold van Gennep’s 1909 concept of liminality as it pertains to the early modernist period.

Additionally, I have invested time and research in Katrina literature, literature stemming from New Orleans in the post-Katrina years. I find the poetry, novels, memoirs, films, and music to represent that special passion for life only found in New Orleans.

Since my move north to Saratoga Springs, New York in 2016, I have begun to take a deep interest in the history of this beautiful town. In the near future, I plan to devote additional time to the history and stories here, in particular, where they connect to those of New Orleans.

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