Associate Professor of American Studies

Professional and Biographical Information


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


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.