Although my research has been focused on British women writers of the long eighteenth century (1660-1800), my teaching experience has been focused on surveys of fiction and on rhetoric and composition.
My doctoral research explores the connections between gender relations and social politics of late Stuart and early Hanoverian England in the works of Anglo-Irish writer Mary Davys (1674-1732). Entitled Gender Performance in the Works of Mary Davys, my dissertation traces the development of female protagonists throughout the author's texts and reveals her impatience with gendered power and her prescription for social equality as they both pertain to women's containment. I have presented several papers at various eighteenth century conferences regarding Davys's social critiques and her employment of gender performance in her works of fiction. My interest in these social issues has been a direct result of research for my Master of Arts Degree in which I explore contemporary practices and gender bias in Frances Burney's novel Evelina (1778).
However, even as my research interests gravitate toward eighteenth century women writers, I teach survey courses of literature that include contemporary Native American, Indian American, African American, and other writers of cultural diversity and interest. At the same time, I also teach rhetoric and composition, concentrating on ways that partnering ideas and writing strategies can help students clearly convey meaning in their academic and professional writing as well.