Ph. D., M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., B.S. State University of New York, Buffalo
I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century dramatic literature and disability studies. My teaching interests include modern and contemporary drama and disability in drama, literature, and visual culture.
My scholarship on disability and theatre has been published in Legacy, Contemporary Theatre Review, the National Women's Studies Association Journal, Gendering Disability, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. I was an American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Fellow for 2003-04, and I've been a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Disability Studies Fellow, a National Humanities Center Jesse Ball DuPont Summer Seminar Fellow, a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, an IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Faculty Development Seminar Fellow, and a seminar leader for the Charlotte Teacher's Institute (CTI).
My CTI seminars for Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school teachers have included "'Performing' Experiments: Depictions of Science in Theatre" (2009), "The Body and Identity as Portrayed in the Collections of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art" (2011), and "Imagining Modern Bodies: Disability and Art at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art" (2013).
I have served on the executive board of the Society for Disability Studies and the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Disability Studies. My current book project traces the representation of disability on the 20th-century commercial stage. At these links you may view examples of my scholarly work on disability in art (PDF) and disability in American drama (PDF).
My work in disability studies has led to exciting interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues. I have co-curated three disability-related visual arts exhibitions in the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College: RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, STARING, and Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS. I lecture frequently on the topic of disability and representation at conferences and universities worldwide.