Associate Professor of American Studies

Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., English, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2002)
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Cornell University (1989)

research & teaching interests

My writing explores public and personal narratives of American places and the consequences of these narratives in shaping identity, in particular, ethnic and racial identity. I am the author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West (U. Iowa Press, 2007). My current book project, Yinz Got Game? Sports and Identity in Western Pennsylvania, explores how sports have shaped identity within the greater Pittsburgh region from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present.

Since coming to Amherst in 2008, I have taught courses on American wilderness, Neo-Westerns, Asian American identity, ethnic literatures, research methods, introductory American Studies courses, and a freshman seminar on history and memory.  In the near future, I plan to offer courses in nonfiction writing, race and the environment, and American sports history.

I am also affiliated with the Five College Asian Pacific American Studies Program and spend my life away from Amherst fly-fishing, paddling, and trying to keep up with my winsome daughters.

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