Associate Professor, English
After graduating from the University of Virginia with an English degree, I moved to Wyoming to be a park ranger. I took one look at the Teton Range and knew I was in the West to stay. I worked for the National Park Service for thirteen straight summers while earning my Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington and beginning my first job as an assistant professor at Creighton University. After teaching in Bergen, Norway, for a year as a Fulbright Lecturer, I was hired by the University of Idaho in 2010. I teach courses about the literature and culture of the American West, as well as more general courses in American literature and literature and the environment.
I have published nearly a dozen articles and essays on a range of subjects, from poetry about Mt. Rainier National Park to the films Grizzly Man and March of the Penguins. My recent book, Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature (2012), examines nostalgia for nature in American literature and culture since the closing of the frontier in 1890. Some of my favorite authors to teach and write about are Sherman Alexie, Don DeLillo, Ruth Ozeki, Marianne Moore, Edward Abbey, Annie Proulx, and Wallace Stegner. I look forward to reading great literature, watching films, debating controversial issues, and developing strong writing skills with students as we gain new perspectives on the American West in this one-of-a-kind program.