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I am a tenured English instructor at a California community college, Las Positas College, as well as a scholar who researches the racial formation of identity in the United States and Europe, particularly Ireland. If you are a student in one of my classes, please feel free to review these materials to learn a little bit more about me--you will see why I choose the themes that I do for my courses! If you are a teacher, I would love to hear from you if you are interested in discussing my course themes or my research. My working manuscript, developed out of my dissertation research, is entitled "Engaging Whiteness: Transatlantic Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Irish Racial Identity." For the spring semester of 2017, I will be teaching American Studies on a Fulbright grant, but I will still be checking email, if sporadically.
Ph.D. in English
from Boston College (2000)
B.A.'s in English and history from U.C. Berkeley (1991)
High school diploma from Skyline High School, Oakland, California (1986)
Publications and Professional Activities
"White, But Not Quite"--article published in New Directions in Irish-American History
"Still 'Black' and 'Proud'"--article published in The Irish in Us
Review of Sinead Moynihan's "Other People's Diasporas": Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Culture
Review of Emily Raboteau's Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora
Review of John Brannigan's Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture
Review of Catherine Nash's Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy, and the Politics of Belonging
Instructor of English
(both composition and literature) as a Boston College graduate student
and since 1998 at various California colleges, including Chabot College
(Hayward), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill), Ohlone College (Fremont),
Holy Names University (Oakland) and San Jose State University; Instructor of American Studies at San
Jose State University from 1998-2000. Full-time instructor of English
at Las Positas College since January 2003.