Ph.D., University of Minnesota – Germanic Studies
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles – Modern European History
B.A., Indiana University – History and German
Through my position of Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Administration in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University where I have served since 2017, I am able to pursue highly meaningful, values-driven work together with dedicated colleagues. In this new role, I oversee academic affairs, Integrative Studies in the Arts & Humanities, and the Excel Network in the College as well as continue to support the Dean in non-tenure stream promotion and tenure system reappointment, promotion, and tenure review. I continue to share knowledge and expand opportunities via the Culture of Care initiative and Charting Pathways to Intellectual Leadership (CPIL) model. In my most recent Academic Personnel and Administration position (2017-2023), I focused on equitable and inclusive searches and faculty review procedures, College-wide faculty development and leadership initiatives that employ “transformative listening” (ADFL Bulletin 2022), creating habits of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the College, and non-tenure stream mentoring and career pathways.
A Professor of German Studies, my current critical health humanities project is in the area of comparative German/US autism and disability studies. A large part of my work focuses on German and Central/Eastern European literary history and film in the area of utopian/dystopian studies and comparative science fiction of the Cold War and related topics, and has appeared in six languages (See c.v.) A primary goal of my scholarly career has been to foster greater awareness of science fiction beyond Anglo-American contexts (global SF) and to support young scholars doing work on the SF in languages other than English. Resulting publications include: The Routledge Companion to Gender and Science Fiction (forthcoming 2023) with Lisa Yaszek, Keren Omry, and Wendy Gay Peterson, Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (2018) with Anindita Banerjee, The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film (2014, 2021 pbk./e-book), and the open access Science Fiction Literature in East Germany (2006). I have also published a number of articles, book chapters, and public online scholarship. Currently, I serve as co-PI with the Big Ten Academic Alliance Less Commonly Taught and Indigenous Languages Partnership grant (PI: Christopher P. Long, 2019-2023) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Among other aspects, this iteration of the grant focuses on Anishnaabemowin to create a sense of belonging as well as creating cross-institutional partnerships to sustain and grow LCTL instruction as central to the DEI mission of MSU and higher education. Consider submitting a proposal to publish in the book series that I co-edit with Gerry Canavan (Marquette) – World Science Fiction Studies with Peter Lang Oxford. In 2015, I was President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) in 2015, and am also a Fulbright and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant recipient.
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