Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director of Graduate Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2005


Her research explores the poetics of both popular media and everyday life in contemporary American culture, focusing particularly on captivity narratives, themes of gender and class, and discourses of memory and trauma in American social life.

Selected honors + awards

  • Departmental Nominee, Best University Dissertation at University of Texas, 2004-2005.
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Award, 1998.
  • Rhonda L. Andrews Memorial Award, 1998.
  • Professional Development Awards, by the University of Texas, 1994 and 1996.