I adopt contemporary performance theory as the lens for examining events and practices that shape social life, behaviors, and situations in the aesthetics of everyday life. My methods of research include fieldwork, interviews, and archival research; my training is interdisciplinary. I am particularly interested in modern and contemporary drama and in the stories of individuals depicted through oral histories, storytelling, and ethnographic texts. I am the past recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and am former director of the Southeastern Writing Center. I direct the Real-World Ready initiative for Southeastern.
PhD, New York University. MA, Arkansas State University. BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.