Ph.D. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001.
M.A. in English, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1989.
B.A. in English, Washington University in St. Louis, 1987.
Chair, English and Literature, UVU, 2015 – present
Associate Professor, English and Literature, UVU, 2009 – present
Assistant Professor, English and Literature, UVU, 2006 – 2009
My research focuses on Renaissance literature and art history, and deals with the intersection of text and image during the early modern period. My current research focuses on the ways in which representations of Queen Elizabeth I serve to construct English ideas of female authority. In particular, I analyze the relationship between the representations of the queen by artists, writers and politicians and those representations over which Elizabeth herself exercised some degree of control and agency: her verse and her speeches as well as her progresses and other public displays. My interests also include popular culture and how that culture interprets early modern literature and history, as well as how popular culture deals with gender and queer sexuality. I currently serve as webmaster for the Queen Elizabeth I Society.
My teaching interests tend to reflect my research interests: I frequently teach such courses as Shakespeare, Tudor literature, Stuart literature, and the first semester of the British literature survey. I have also developed and taught courses on tragedy, gender studies, critical theory, revenge drama, Christopher Marlowe, and Elizabeth I.
I currently serve as chair of the department of English and Literature. I served as Associate Writing Program Administrator for the English Department from 2008 - 2012, and was director of the 2011 London Study Abroad Program.
“Does This Car Make Me Look Gay?” Homophobia, the VW Beetle, and the Curse of the “Chick Car,” presented at the 2015 Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, 4 April 2015.
“Reading Richard III as Fabliaux,” presented at the 2014 Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, 17 October 2014.
“To Boldly Go Where Some Men Have Gone Before: Shakespeare, Spock, and Plausibly Deniable Homoeroticism,” presented at the 2014 Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Chicago, IL, 17 April 2014.
“Amazons, Gods, and Monsters: Wonder Woman and the Teaching of Classical Mythology,” presented at the 2013 Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Washington, DC, 28 March 2013.
“Film and History: Inspirations, Myths, Fairy Tales, and Symbols,” Session Chair, 2012 Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Boston, MA, 15 April 2012.
“Inspiration and the Royal Body in Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous,” presented at the 2012 Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Boston, MA, 15 April 2012.
“Bardolatry and Elizabeth’s Body,” presented at the 2012 South Central Renaissance Conference/Queen Elizabeth I Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 10 March 2012.
“Sexy Tudors and The Real Housewives of Windsor: Tudor History in Twenty-first Century Media,” presented at the 2011 South Central Renaissance Conference/Queen Elizabeth I Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, 4 March 2011.