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Western Michigan Univ
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-Southern-Lit
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Environmental History / Studies
Immigration History / Studies
I am an experienced teacher, writer, researcher, and book and journal editor, currently working on my dissertation in the English Department at Western Michigan University, where I anticipate completing my Ph.D. in the coming year.
My areas of specialty are American Literature I and II, Modern British Literature, and Southern Literature. I am also interested in environmental writing and education, immigrant writing, the history of the book and the development of public libraries, archival research, museum and material culture studies, the digital humanities, and war as it is depicted in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. I am particularly interested in the impact of the American Civil War, World War I, and the Vietnam War, and much of my teaching, research, and writing has focused on the history and literature related to these conflicts.
My dissertation, which traces the literary models that influenced Margaret Mitchell as she wrote her best-selling 1936 Civil War novel "Gone with the Wind," is tentatively titled "Reading toward Scarlett: Tracing the Texts That Helped to Shape Margaret Mitchell's American Epic."