Academic interests

Contemporary Young Adult and Children's literature; American literature; Native American literature, magical realism, Women's Studies


  • Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar Award, 2017
  • IUPUI Trustees' Teaching Award, 2013 & 2016
  • Children's Literature Association Faculty Research Grant, 2014
  • Indiana Arts and Humanities Institute Grant, 2013-14
  • EMPOWER Grant, 2012-13
  • Turner-Davis Boundary Crossing Award, 2011


  • Digital Citizenship in Twenty-First Century Young Adult Literature: Imaginary Activism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 
  • "Gamer Girls, Gold Farming, and Activism In Real Life." Children's Literature in Education, 2016. 
  • "Gaming as Civic Engagement in Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life." Children's Literature Quarterly, 2015. 
  • “Phenomenal Women: The Shape-Shifter Archetype in Postcolonial Magical Realist Fiction.” FEMSPEC, 2005. 
  • Co-Editor of Mary Robinson's "A Letter to the Women of England," a Romantic Circles Electronic Edition.