I received my PhD from the Performance as Public Practice Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin in December of 2008. I received my Masters Degree from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2003. I received my Bachelors Degree Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors in Theatre and High Honors in Philosophy from Butler University in 2001. I studied abroad from 1999-2000 at the University of Bristol.

My larger research interests concern race, gender, and non-human performance in popular entertainments in the United States.

I have a book, Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature published by Southern Illinois University Press and available for order now!

Essays in Anthologies

“Shamu the (Killer) Whale and an Ecology of Commodity” in Showing Off, Showing Up: Studies of Hype, Heightened Performance, and Cultural Power edited by Laurie Frederik, Kim Marra, and Catherine Schuler. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017), 81-106. Available for purchase now!

Peer Reviewed Articles:

“A Kind of Magic: Theatre and Moral Persuasion” co-authored with Mary Beth Willard. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Vol. 28, No. 2), 7-27.

“Weeki Wachee Girls and Buccaneer Boys: The Evolution of Mermaids, Gender, and ‘Man versus Nature’ Tourism.” Theatre History Studies. (Vol 31): 51-66.

“Molding a Heroine: Patience Wright and Transatlantic Notions of American Female Patriotism.” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. (Vol. 29, No. 2 Spring 2009): 49-66.

Book Reviews:

“Cultivating National Identity Through Performance: American Pleasure Gardens and Entertainment By Naomi J. Stubbs.” Theatre Journal, (Vol. 66, No. 3 October 2014): 482-483.

Sisters in Sin by Katie N. Johnson.” Ecumenica. (Vol. 2, No. 2 Fall 2009): 99-100.