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J.D., Maurer School of Law, Indiana University-Bloomington, magna cum laude

M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College

M.A. English Literature, San Francisco State University

M.A. Film Production, San Francisco State University

K-12 Credential, U.C. Berkeley


University  Teaching

Indiana University-Bloomington,  Full Professor, 2006-2016, Assoc. Prof. 1999-2005, Asst. Prof., 1995-1999

Visiting Professor, Ohio University, Athens, OH 1994-1995

Visiting Writer, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 1992-1994

Teaching Awards

2015 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award,$2500

1999 Indiana University Teaching Award, $1000 

1998 Indiana University Teaching Award, $1000

Teaching Subjects and Areas of Interest

Contemporary literature (nonfiction, poetry, fiction); Critical Race Theory, The Novella,  African American literature and history; Women's and Queer Literature; Animals and Law and Ethics; Law and Literature;  Animals in Literature; The Hoax and Assumed Identities; Detective Novel;  20th century American literature. 

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