Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies
409 Bell Tower
I grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, a small suburb 20 minutes outside of Portland and have fond memories of spending time on the Oregon Coast every summer. I received my Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’ve always been interested in the visual arts, so, after completing my qualifying exams, I moved to Brooklyn, New York to participate in the Whitney Independent Study Program, a year-long tutorial in which artists, curators, and critics learn about contemporary art and the intellectual and political issues that inform it. At that time, I also started teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and became interested in feminist art. I miss New York and all the museums but am happy to have the quiet that Durham offers! I can’t locate exactly when I became interested in feminism—suddenly it became my intellectual passion and I pursued it quite diligently. I am particularly interested in how women artists pursue feminist ideas in their artwork. I love coffee, movies, and reading about art.