19th-Century American Popular Culture, Digital Literacy, Digital History
She is a proud Mason graduate and has earned two degrees. She is delighted to be back on campus and paying it forward to the next generation of students by teaching in the School of Integrative Studies and the Bachelors of Individualized Studies program.
C. Allan and Marjorie Braun Fellow of the Huntington Library, 2001.
Marshall Fishwick Travel to Popular Culture Collections Grant, 2001.
Horatio Alger Fellowship for the Study of Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University,
Dissertation Research Grant. College of Arts & Sciences, George Mason University, 2000.
Provost's High Potential Graduate Student Fellowship, 1999.
Dissertation Research Grant. College of Arts & Sciences, George Mason University, 1998-
Provost's Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, George Mason University, 1994-1995 and 1996-1997.
“Digital Literacy” (SIS/INTS 249), Spring 2022 and 2023. An active-learning, experiential course exploring theories of digital literacy and culture and introducing diverse social, artistic, theoretical, and cultural practices that characterize today's digital domains and virtual environments.
“CHSS Learning Community 101.” (CHSS 100), Fall 2021. A discussion-based learning community course designed specifically for first-year students developed to help first-year students develop college success skills.
“Introduction to the Bachelor of Individualized Studies” (BIS 300), Fall 2023, Spring 2003, and Fall 2004. A course for returning adult students to explore the theoretical approaches and practical applications of interdisciplinarity, as students develop their own BIS degree programs shaped by an understanding of adult education theory.
“Utopian Thought and Practice.” New Century College Learning Community (NCLC 300), Spring 2000. A six-credit course coupled with an additional two credits of service learning. Developed syllabus to focus on the history of utopian literature including the work of Plato, Morris, Gilman, and LeGuin, and historical and contemporary utopian communities, such as the Harmony Society and Twin Oaks.
"Community of Learners." In New Century College, Fall 1999. An eight-credit, interdisciplinary course devoted to introductions to composition, computer science, communications, analytical reasoning, and university life.
"The Socially Constructed World." In New Century College, Spring 1999, 1998, and 1997. An eight-credit, interdisciplinary, team-developed course designed to introduce students to sociology, literature, and the arts.
"Reading Cultural Signs." In the Honors Program, Fall 1997 and in the Planned Alternative for General Education Program, Fall 1996. A three-credit, introductory course designed to introduce students to critical thinking through the lens of semiotics. Focused on analyzing popular culture and literature with a strong emphasis on writing. A writing-across-the-curriculum course.
Ph.D., Cultural Studies
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University of Delaware
“Identity, Romance, and the Dime Novel.” Papers for the People: A Symposium on the Dime Novel. Northern Illinois University, Virtual Symposium, Thursday, November 5, 2021