Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Faculty Experts


Areas of expertise

American Literature Since 1900

War & American Literature

Modern American Poetry

Writing Center Theory and Practice

Food Studies

Writing about Natural World

I am a teacher, writer, reader, feeder, eater, and traveler, and I am happiest when most or all of these things come together.


PhD,The University of Texas at Austin 1992
M.A.,The University of Chicago 1981
B.A.,Kenyon College 1979


Associate Professor
Southwestern University
August 01, 1999 - present
I teach literature and writing courses to undergraduates and direct the Debby Ellis Writing Center. I teach courses war and American literature, modern American poetry, the modern American novel and the sense of place, and critical food studies. I also te


American nature writing, war narrative, writing center theory.


Recent Scholarly Publications

"War and Witnessing," in Critical Insights: War, Alex Vernon, Ed.. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012. (In press).

"Doing Gender and Going Native in 'Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong',"in Approaches to Teaching the Work of Tim O?Brien, Alex Vernon, ed., Modern Language Association Press, December, 2010.

"'I?m not Trying to Compete with You': Gulf War Fiction and Discursive Space" in Thirty Years After:  New Essays on Vietnam War Literature, Film, and Other Arts, Mark Heberle, ed., Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

 "Writing Against the Vietnam War in Two Gulf War Memoirs: Anthony Swofford?s Jarhead and Joel Turnipseed?s Baghdad Express," in Arms and the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Writing, Alex Vernon, ed., Kent State University Press, January 2005.

Selected Public and Creative Publications

Invited contributor to Politics, Opnion and Culture for Texas and Beyond. See for selected pieces.

"Gulf War Memoir Syndrome,"(Review Essay) The Texas Observer, September 12, 2003.

"How I Earned my Texas Spurs," (personal essay) Texas Power, Nov. 1, 2001

"Of Caissons and Casseroles" (short story), Texas Observer, April 27, 2001

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
College writing Transition to college writing Writing centers Writing across the curriculum at liberal arts colleges

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: no

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-(office)