Area of Interest
Southern literature and culture, 20th century American literature, women's and gender studies, photography and literature, childhood studies, Louisiana and Caribbean studies.
Awards & Honors (selected)
NEH Fellowship, 2017-18; Board of Regents Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Grant, 2014-16; Regents Research Grant, 2016, 2004; LSU Faculty Research Grant, 2004.
Ordering the Facade: Photography and the Politics of Representation in Contemporary Southern Women's Fiction (University of North Carolina Press, 2007)
“The Mandingo Effect: Slavery, Sex, and Contemporary Cinema,” Sex and Sexuality in Modern Southern Culture. Trent Brown, ed. (in press); “My Childhood is Ruined!: Harper Lee and Racial Innocence,” American Literature (2016); “Southern Religion’s Sexual Charge and the National Imagination,” Oxford Handbook of Southern Literature (2016); "What Remains: Race, Nation, and the Adult Child in the Poetry of Natasha Trethewey," Southern Quarterly (2013); “’I prefer to look forward’: Positioning the U.S. South in the Time of Barack Obama.” University of Bucharest Review: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies (2009); "Atrocity or Nation-building?: The Difference is in the Eye of the Beholder." Mississippi Quarterly (2008).v