Ph.D., Columbia University (1988)
B.A., Williams College (1977)
I want my students to come away from my courses loving some of the literature they've read and with a thirst to read more on their own. Beyond that, I want them to learn to read closely, with an attention to detail, and with the ability to talk and write logically, clearly, and with imagination about what they've read.
British and American literature; race and slavery; women's literature.
American slavery, biography, historical fiction.
Faculty Development Grant, Adelphi University, 2005-06
American Antiquarian Society, 2005 Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowship, Alternate
Faculty Research Awards, Univ. at Albany, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1990, 1987
Nuala McGann Drescher Award, United University Professors, 1994-95
Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Afro-American Studies, Harvard University, 1993-94
Lane Cooper Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, l985 86
President's Fellowships, Columbia University, l980 81 and l981 82
Ed. (2010). Harriet Jacobs's "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl". Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's Press.
(2006). Nobody's Boy. MO: University of Missouri Press.
(2003). MRS. LINCOLN AND MRS. KECKLY: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A FIRST LADY AND A FORMER SLAVE. New York: Broadway Books.
(1996). Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives. New York, NY: NYU.
with Susan Weisser, ed. (1994). Feminist Nightmares: Women at Odds. Feminism and the Problem of Sisterhood. New York, NY: NYU Press.
Honors and Accomplishments
Nonminated for Lincoln Prize, Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave, Broadway Books, 2003
Advisory Board, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, 2007-09
Lincoln Studies Institute, Knox College, Board of Directors
Abraham Lincoln Association, Board of Directors