Associate Professor of American Studies

Professional and Biographical Information

degrees

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). In my current book project,Yinz Got Game? Sports and Identity in Western Pennsylvania, I use sports as a lens to explore the social and cultural history of the greater Pittsburgh region from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. I have also published poetry, as well as articles on Japanese American relocation and ecocriticism.

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, and a freshman seminar on history and memory.  In the near future, I plan to offer courses on American sports history, nonfiction writing, and race and the environment.

I am affiliated with the Amherst Environmental Studies Department and the Five College Asian Pacific American Studies Program.

I spend my life away from Amherst fly-fishing (not often enough), paddling, and trying to keep up with my winsome daughters.