- Ph.D., English Literature, Michigan State University, 1997
- M.A.,English Literature, Michigan State University, 1990
- B.A., English, Michigan State University, 1987
- Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction. 192 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. New York, 2006; Basingstoke, U.K., 2008.
- "History-Mystery in the Literature Classroom." Murder 101: Essays on the Teaching of Detective Fiction. Ed. Edward J. Rielly. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. 106-14.
- "Seneca Falls Inheritance: Disentangling Women, Legislation, and Violence in Monfredo's Historical Crime Fiction." Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 7 (2000): 58-78.
- "Who was Franklin Thomas Grant Richards?" Counter no. 9 (1999): 2-8. [Counter is the journal of the University of Iowa Center for the Book.]
- "Clare Van Degen in The Custom of the Country." Studies in American Fiction 17.1 (1989): 107-10.
REVIEWS & CONTRIBUTIONS TO REFERENCE WORKS
- Entries on Mystery/Detective/Crime Fiction (3,000 words) and Patrick Hamilton (1,000 words). Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction. Ed. Brian Shaffer. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (under contract)
- Review of Michael Field and Their World, ed. Margaret D. Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson (High Wycombe, U.K.: The Rivendale Press, 2007) and Twentieth-Century Fiction by Irish Women: Nation and Gender, by Heather Ingman (Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2007). SHARP News. (forthcoming)
- Review of Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction, by Lee Horsley (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). The Journal of Popular Culture 40.5 (2007): 889-90.
- Entry on Carolyn Heilbrun. Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography. Ed. Jo Malin and Victoria Boynton. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2005. 260-61.
- Entries on Maeve Kelly (555-56), Deirdre Madden (637-38), and Val Mulkerns (736-37). Contemporary Novelists, 7th edition. Ed. N. Schlager and J. Lauer. Detroit: Gale, 2001.
- Entries on Richard Ellmann (Vol. 7, 453-54) and Dalton Trumbo (Vol. 21, 865-67). American National Biography. General Editors, John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
- "Patrick Hamilton." British Novelists Between the Wars. Ed. George M. Johnson. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 191. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. 155-62.
- Review of The Edith Œnone Somerville Archive in Drishane: A Catalogue and Evaluative Essay, by Otto Rauchbauer (Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1995). SHARP News 7.4 (1998): 13.
- Review of Beyond the Pleasure Dome: Writing and Addiction from the Romantics, ed. Sue Vice, Matthew Campbell, and Tim Armstrong (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994). Dionysos: Journal of Literature and Addiction 6.1 (1996): 35-38.
- "Contagion and History in Fred Vargas's Have Mercy on Us All." 18th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, U.K., July 2009.
- Special session organizer and presider, "Penguin Publishing and British Culture: The Legacy of Allen Lane." Modern Language Association Convention. San Francisco, December 2008.
- "F. Tennyson Jesse's Tales of Crime: True, Fictional, and Fictionalized." Crime Cultures: Figuring Criminality in Literature, Media, and Film. University of Portsmouth, U.K., July 2008.
- " 'A Certain Joy in his Hatred': Individual and Collective Violence in Orwell and Hamilton." 17th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. University of California, Riverside, June 2008.
- " 'One of the First Protestant Martyrs': Shaw's Joan." International Joan of Arc Society session, 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2008.
- "Escaping the Weather of the London Streets." Literary London 2007 Conference. University of Westminster, London, U.K., July 2007.
- "Candace Robb's York: Setting and Subject." 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2007.
- "Class and Culture in the Works of F. Tennyson Jesse." Popular Culture Association 2007 National Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, April 2007.
- "Mimetic Desire in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy." 15th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, June 2006.
- "David Park and Deirdre Madden: Writing Northern Ireland in a Global Context." ACIS 2005. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, April 2005.
- "Sharan Newman's Epigraphic Imagination." 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2004.
- "Sleuths on the Syllabus." Panel discussion with authors and scholars. 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2004.
- "Suffrage, Suffering, and Strength: The Crime Novels of Miriam Grace Monfredo and Gillian Linscott." Hystorical Fictions: Women, History and Authorship Conference. University of Wales, Swansea, U.K., August 2003.
- "Rosamond Lehmann: One of Edith Wharton's Inheritors." Edith Wharton in London: 2003 Conference of the Edith Wharton Society. Roehampton, University of Surrey, U.K.,
- " 'Preaching to the Converted': Passions of the Media in Northern Ireland." 12th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Faculty of Theology, University of Innsbruck, Austria, June 2003.
- Session organizer and presider, "Contagious Women." 11th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, June 2002.
- "Marriage, Money, and Mimesis in the Novels of Edith Wharton." 11th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, June 2002.
- "Wandering Women in Gemma O'Connor's Crime Fiction." IASIL 2001: Odysseys. Dublin, Ireland, August 2001.
- "Seneca Falls Inheritance: Disentangling Women, Legislation, and Violence in Monfredo's Historical Crime Fiction." 8th Annual Meeting of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion. Emory University, Atlanta, June 1999.
- "The Professional Writer and Literary Politics." Conference on W. Somerset Maugham: A Summing Up. Baylor University, Waco, Texas, January 1996. By invitation.
- "Somerville and Ross: Women in the Big House." Conference on Gender and Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin, Ireland, April 1995.
- “Building Bridges: Title V Grants for Hispanic-serving Institutions and Your Secondary Students.” Michigan World Language Association Annual Conference. Lansing, Michigan, October 2008.
- "Travels at Home: Inter-war Reportage and Fiction." Modern Literature section, Midwest MLA. Cleveland, November 2007.
- "The Legacy of An American Tragedy: From Children's Literature to High Opera." Midwest MLA. Chicago, November 2006.
- "The Thompson-Bywaters Case, 1922: Narrating History or Telling Tales?" Great Lakes History Conference. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2005.
- "Alongside Modernism: Patrick Hamilton's Sociological Fiction." Midwest Conference on British Studies. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, September 2005.
- "Hystory Girls: Young Readers Respond to Depictions of Girlhood in Historical Fiction." Women in Literature section, Midwest MLA. Chicago, November 2003.
- "Being Irish Somewhere Else: Deirdre Madden's Interrogation of Irish Identity." Irish Studies section, Midwest MLA. Minneapolis, November 2002.
- "Women on the Prairie: From Cather's Red Grass to Smiley's Toxic Runoff." ASLE, Midwest MLA. Minneapolis, November 2002.
- "Re-Living History: The Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb." Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2002.
- "Using History to Reform Mystery: Gillian Linscott and her Suffragette Sleuth." Midwest MLA. Minneapolis, November 1999.
- " 'The Only Ireland Whose Name I Can Sing': Dermot Bolger's Vision of Irish Nationalism, Hope, and Soccer." Irish Studies section, Midwest MLA. Minneapolis, November 1999.
- "The Real Charlotte: Ireland in Transition." Midwest MLA. Minneapolis, November 1996.
- "Ann Radcliffe on 'The Servant Question.' " Third Annual Conference on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. East Lansing, Michigan, April 1994.
- Twentieth-century British literature
- Women's Literature & History
- Irish Literature
- Crime Fiction
- Cultural Studies
- Narrative Theory
- Modern Language Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, Appointed Member (2008-11), Elected Co-Chair (2009-11; service begins July 1, 2009)
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Popular Culture (since 2008)
- Manuscript reviewer for MOSAIC (2008), PMLA (2007)
- Prentice Hall (humanities anthology proposal, 2004; literature anthology companion website, 2002; literature anthology revision, 2001), Wadsworth (developmental reading textbook revision, 2003), Harcourt Brace (composition textbook proposal, 2000)
- Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Literature section Chair (2007, 2008), Irish Studies section Secretary (2003) and Chair (2004)
- Governors State University, English Program Faculty Search Committee Chair (2008-09), Calendar Revision Taskforce (2008-09), Faculty Excellence Award (2008),GSU Latino Center for Excellence Faculty Mentor Program (2008), University Copyright Committee (since 01/07), PBAC Steering Committee (2007-08), Communications Program Search Committee (2007-08)
- Grand Valley State University English Department, Library Committee (2002-04), English 099 Working Group (2001-02)
- Invited commentator for the Lookingglass Theatre production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Provide text for playbill and serve at a post-performance "talk back" alongside the production's director. Chicago, Feb-March 2009.
- "Revolution in Publishing: The Legacy of Penguin Paperbacks." Invited speaker for the Grand Rapids Public Library, January 21, 2009.
- "Violent Valentines: Some Classic Murder Cases as Twice-Told Tales." Invited speaker for the Torch Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 13, 2007.
- Honored as a "woman of distinction" as part of Legacy 2006, the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council tri-annual celebration of Women's History Month. Honor conferred jointly by the Grand Rapids branches of AAUW and the Negro Business and Professional Women's Association.
- American Association of University Women, Grand Rapids Branch., Life Member. Recording Secretary (1998-2001)., Newsletter Editor (1998-2003).
- "Hystory Girls: Today's Girls Reading Historical Fiction." Program for Legacy 2003, Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council. Responsible for project concept, design, and management. Invited presenter on the WGVU radio morning show (March 3, 2003) to speak about the project, the girls reading, and the public program.
- Modern Language Association (MLA and Midwest MLA)
- Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R)
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
- International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)
- Popular Culture Association (PCA)
- Edith Wharton Society (EWS)