Associate Professor of American Studies

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Ph.D. English, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2002)
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Cornell University (1989)
 

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My writing explores public and personal narratives of American places and the consequences of these narratives in shaping identity, in particular, ethnic and racial identity. I am the author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West (U. Iowa Press, 2007). In my current book project,Yinz Got Game? Sports and Identity in Western Pennsylvania七星彩海南私彩软件, I use sport as a lens to explore the social and cultural history of the greater Pittsburgh region from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. I have also published poetry, as well as articles on Japanese American relocation and ecocriticism.

since coming to amherst in 2008, i have taught courses in asian american studies, ethnic literature, research methods, sports history, and public history.

i am affiliated with the five college asian pacific american studies program and the amherst environmental studies department.

I spend my life away from Amherst fly-fishing (not often enough), biking, gardening, 七星彩海南私彩软件and trying to keep up with my winsome daughters.