I am an Americanist who specializes in African American literature, with additional expertise in multi-ethnic and feminist traditions, and a special penchant for James Baldwin. I am a Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland where I also served as Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity from 2014-2017 and as Founding Director of African and African American Studies from 2010-2014.
My research projects arise from my interest in questions of identity, belonging, justice, and the relationship between literature
and social change. My newest book is Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). I also wrote Neo-Segregation Narratives:
Jim Crow in Post-Civil Rights American Literature (U of Georgia Press, 2010) and The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (SUNY Press, 2007). I co-edited a collection with
Piper Kendrix Williams on Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division
(SUNY Press, 2010), which is an expanded version of a special issue of African American Review (42.1, 2008). Next up: projects on and in collaboration. I also serve on
the editorial board of the new James Baldwin