- Ph.D., English, University of Mississippi (2000)
- M.A., English, University of Memphis (1989)
- B.A., (Honors), English, University of Memphis (1986)
Teaching and Research Interests
- Film adaptations of literature
- Nineteenth-century British novelists (particularly Dickens and Ouida)
- Victorian Gothic and sensation fiction
- Science Fiction
- Renaissance drama and Shakespeare on film
- Ouida the Phenomenon: Evolving Social, Political, and Gender Concerns in Her Fiction. (with Natalie Schroeder). Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008.
- “The Tower or the Nursery? Paternal and Maternal Revisions of Hill House on Film.” Shirley Jackson, Influences and Confluences. Eds. Melanie R. Anderson and Lisa Kroger. New York: Routledge, 2016. 160-182.
- “The Wonderful Worlds of Dickens and Disney: Animated Adaptations of Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.” It’s the Disney Version! Popular Cinema and Literary Classics. Eds. Doug Brode and Shea T. Brode. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 151-164.
- “From Milton to Roddenberry: Structural Parallels Between Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Paradise Lost.” Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures. Eds. Doug and Shea T. Brode. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 25-38.
- “Dickens from a Postmodern Perspective: Alfonso Cuaron’s Great Expectations for Generation X.” Dickens Adapted. Ed. John J. Glavin. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2012. 199-222.
- “‘Please Sir, I Want Some More’: Clive Donner’s Marxist Adaptation of Oliver Twist.” Literature/Film Quarterly. 48.4 (2010): 254-268.
- “The Gin Epidemic: Gin Distribution as a Means of Control and Profit in Dickens’s Early Nonfiction and Oliver Twist.” Dickens Studies Annual36 (2005): 1-32.
- Freshman Composition
- Advanced Composition
- Professional Writing
- Technical Writing (ESL)
- Freshman Seminar in Gothic Literature
- British Literature Survey (Romantic Period to the Present)
- Victorian Novel
- History of Literary Criticism
- Contemporary Literary Theory
- Major Authors of British Literature
- Junior Seminar in Drama
- Junior Seminar in Shakespeare
- Senior Seminar in Charles Dickens
- Popular Literature: Science Fiction
- Introduction to Film
- Film Adaptations of Literature