• PhD University of Michigan 1988
  • MA University of Michigan 1978
  • BA Stanford University 1976


Editor, Nursing History and Humanities book series, Manchester University (UK) Historical Consultant, "Mercy Street" [PBS miniseries]

Academic interests

nineteenth-century American literature and culture, literature and medicine, especially illness narrative; American domestic fiction, historical narrative and life writing, the social history of Civil War relief work, history of nursing, and gender studies


American Lit, 1800-1860; American Lit, 1870-1920; Civil War Literature and Culture; Illness Narrative; 19th-C. American Domestic Fiction; Mark Twain; the Literature of Slavery; Jane Austen and Edith Wharton; Henry James; Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville


  • National Endowment for the Humanities and American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (1990-91);
  • Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship (1993-94);
  • Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards (1997, 1999);
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on Literature, Medicine, and Culture (2002);
  • Lincoln Prize finalist for WOMEN AT THE FRONT, 2005; Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Felllowship for "Cancer Stories," 2008-09; IU New Frontiers Fellowship for LEAD, BLOOD, AND INK: A HISTORY OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE, 2010-11


  • See attached CV for most up-to-date list. This Birth Place of Souls: The Diary of Harriet Eaton, Civil War Nurse(Oxford UP, 2010); Cancer Stories: The Impact of Narrative on a Modern Malady Special Issue of LITERATURE AND MEDICINE 28.2 (Fall 2009);
  • Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America (University of North Carolina Press 2004);
  • "Corpus Interruptus: Biotech Drugs, Insurance Providers, and the Treatment of Breast Cancer." Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (July 2007)
  • "A Calculus of Advocacy: A Patient, Positionality, and Chronic Illness." Illness in the Academy ed. Kimberly Myers, Purdue, 2006;
  • "Performing Genres: Sara Edmonds Nurse and Spy and the Case of the Cross-Dressed Text." Dressing Up for War ed. Andrew Monnickendam and Aranzazu Usandizaga. Rodopi, 2001;
  • "Mute Fury: Southern Women's Diaries of Sherman's March to the Sea, 1864-65." Arms and the Woman: War Gender and Literary Representation ;ed. Helen Cooper, Adrienne Munich, and Susan Squier. Univ. of North Carolina, 1989;
  • Other Articles in Signs, Journal of Women's History, Civil War History, Prospects: A Journal of American Cultural Studies, Legacy, Minerva Quarterly, The Companion to Southern Literature, Journal of Civil War Medicine, Encyclopedia of the Civil War, ABC-Clio, 2000.

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