My academic research explores the ways in which social class and working conditions affect literature and culture. I became interested in this topic as a graduate student and wrote a dissertation about 20th century American women writers such as Edith Wharton, Nella Larsen, and Sylvia Plath, which is now a book from Routledge.
I’ve also written about contemporary neoliberal labor and the conditions of adjunct professors in the academy.
“Part-time Faculty and the Changing Community College Classroom.” Community College Moment 14 (Spring 2014).
“Mixing Business with Pleasure: The Figure of the ‘Business Girl’ in Sinclair Lewis’s The Job and Winston Churchill’s The Dwelling-Place of Light.” Women and Work: The Labors of Self-Fashioning. Eds. Susanne Weil and Christine Leiren Mower. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.
“The Limits of Popular Representation: Postwar Working Girls in Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything (1958) and Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl (1962).” Merchants, Barons, Sellers and Suits: The Changing Images of the Businessman through Literature. Ed. Christa Mahalik. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.
Edited Special Issues
Co-Editor (with Joe Berry, Marcia Newfield, and Immanuel Ness), Special issue of The Journal of Labor and Society (September 2015).
Guest Editor and Introduction, Special Issue of The Journal of Labor and Society 15.1 (March 2012) on the topic of “Contemporary Labor and Cultural Exchange.”
Reviews and Review Essays Published in Scholarly Journals
Review of Vivas to Those Who Have Failed by Martín Espada. The Journal of Labor and Society (September 2016)
Review of Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Women’s Writing. Adele Parker and Stephanie Young, eds. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 43.2.
Review of Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America by Miriam Frank. The Journal of Labor and Society 17.4 (December 2014).
“Gender and Work in Neoliberal Times: Theoretical and Popular Perspectives.” Review Essay. The Journal of Labor and Society 17.1 (June 2014).
“Dangerous Work.” Review of Organize or Die by Laura McClure. The Journal of Labor and Society 17.1 (March 2014).
“A Postfeminist History of Women Workers at the Manhattan Project.” Review of The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. The Journal of Labor and Society 17.1 (March 2014).