B.A., English and Women's Studies Departments, Wellesley College, 1994
Ph.D., English Department, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
Areas of Specialization
Late twentieth-century United States literature and culture.
Activities and Interests
My areas of interest include twentieth and twenty-first century fiction, U.S. popular culture, contemporary cinema, law and literature, psychoanalysis, affect studies, mass incarceration, and higher education. My classes dwell on the intersections of gender, sexuality and race as they shape relations between cultural forms and social formations. I tend to teach narrative and visual forms such as short stories, novels, film, and television by situating their aesthetic functions within broader social, economic, and political conditions. Course materials are drawn primarily from U.S. contexts but often include transnational materials and methodologies.
My research explores the regulation of intimacy and sexuality in the later twentieth and twenty-first century United States. My first book, Everybody’s Family Romance: Reading Incest in Neoliberal America (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), argues that the 1990s “boom” in print materials addressing father-daughter incest contributed to broader transformations of family life associated with neoliberal governance in the United States. My new book-in-progress, Screening Pedophilia: Virtuality and Other Crimes Against Nature, argues that the emergence of the “pedophile” in visual texts of the same period functions to expand regulation beyond the family by linking techniques of informational surveillance across forensic and filmic domains.
Additional research and teaching focuses on the intersections of education justice and prison abolition in higher education in prison programs. I currently work with three college in prison programs in the Puget Sound Area: the University Beyond Bars offering courses inside the Washington State Reformatory for men since 2009 [http://universitybeyondbars.org/]; the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound offering courses inside the Washington Corrections Center for Women since 2011 [http://fepps.org/]; and the Black Prisoners Caucus T.E.A.C.H. program offering courses inside the Clallam Bay Correctional Center since 2012 [http://www.blackprisonerscaucus.org/currentprogramsofbpc/t-e-a-c-h].
- Everybody’s Family Romance: Reading Incest in Neoliberal America
(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009).
Co-Edited Special Issues
- With Jane Elliott, “Genres of Neoliberalism,” Special Issue of Social Text
31.2 115 (Summer 2013).
- With Kate Drabinski, “Teaching Inside Carceral Institutions,” Special Issue of Radical Teacher
95 (Winter 2012).
- With Mary Gould and Kyes Stevens, “College Civic Engagement and Education Behind Bars: Connecting Communities, Creating Change,” Special Issue “College in Prison in the Era of Mass Incarceration” New Directions for Community Colleges,
Eds. Rob Scott and Susan Walker (forthcoming 2014).
- “Sisters at the Gate: Mean Girls and Other Sibling Phenomena,” Juliet Mitchell: Reflections
, Eds. Robbie Duschinsky and Susan Walker (forthcoming Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014).
- With Erica Meiners, “Beyond Crisis: College in Prison through the Abolition Undercommons,” “Theory” section of Lateral: Cultural Studies Association Journal
(Spring 2014): online.
- “Incest,” Globalization and Sexuality section of four volume Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality
, general editors Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin (forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell 2015).
- “Access or Justice? Inside-Out and Transformative Education,” Turning Teaching Inside Out: A Pedagogy of Transformation for Community-Based Education
, Eds. Simone Davis and Barbara Roswell (Palgrave, December 2013): 187-196.
- “Virtual Predators: Neoliberal Loss and Human Futures in Mystic River
” Social Text
31.2 115 (Summer 2013): 123-143.
- “Foucault, the Family and the Cold Monster of Neoliberalism,” Foucault, the Family and Politics
, Eds. Leon Rocha and Robbie Duschinsky (London: Palgrave McMillan, 2012): 82-120.
- “Aye, and Neoliberalism,” Special Issue: Sexualities and Genders in the Age of Neoliberalism, Journal of Homosexuality
59:7 (Summer 2012): 1073-1080.
- “Documenting the Pedophile: Virtual White Men in the Era of Recovered Memory” New Formations
70 (2010): 23-40.
- “Surviving the Family Romance? Southern Realism and the Labor of Incest in Bastard Out of Carolina
” The Southern Literary Journal
(Fall 2007): 114-139; Reprinted in Realism’s Others
, Eds. Eva Aldea and Geoff Baker (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010): 247-277.
- “Seduction by Law: Sexual Property and Testimonial Possession in Thereafter Johnnie” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture
, Special Issue on Testimony, 25.1-2 (Winter 2003): 138-165.
- “Telling Fact from Fiction: Dorothy Allison's Disciplinary Stories” Incest and the Literary Imagination,
Ed., Elizabeth Barnes (Gainesville: Florida University Press, 2002): 283-315.
- “Sex Offenses and the Imaginaries of Punitive Reason,” Review of Roger N. Lancaster, Sex Panic and the Punitive State
(Berkeley: University of California Press 2011) and James B. Waldram, Hound Pound Narrative: Sexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention
(Berkeley: University of California Press 2012) in Political and Legal Anthropology Review
36.2 (November 2013): 410-414.
- Review of Roger Porter, Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011) in Prose Studies
34.3 (2012): 258-261.
- Review of Ann Cvetkovich, Depression: A Public Feeling
(Durham: Duke University Press, 2012) in Feminist Theory