Title/s: Associate Professor
Undergraduate Programs Director
Specialty Area: 20th-century American and African-American literature, psychoanalytic theory, critical race studies
Office #: Crown Center 459
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Ph.D. (2004), University of Notre Dame
Contemporary American and African-American literature, history of psychoanalysis, and Diaspora Studies.
"An(Other) Consciousness: The Legacy of Lemuel Haynes." Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (May 1998): 51-67.
"Ain't Gon' Lay My 'Ligion Down: African-American Religion in the South." Religion and Literature 29.3 (Autumn 1997): 97-100.
Freud Upside Down: African American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture (Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2010).
As the result of new archival research, I am writing an article that examines African-American women’s relationship to psychoanalytic thought in the 1940s and 1950s. Drawing upon the imperatives of the mental hygiene movement, a mid-twentieth century program of social and psychical reform linking mental illness to moral decline, I am investigating African-American women’s participation within and responses to this movement within popular culture, specifically women’s magazines.