Ph.D.  Language, Literacy and Culture, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2014

Dissertation: If I’m So Smart…: Memories of Assessment and the Role of Standardized Testing in Forming an Intellectual Identity

M.F.A.  Nonfiction Writing, Department of English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2007

B.A.  Department of Art and Art History, Department of Political Science, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, 1995



University of Iowa, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016-Current

Rhetoric Speaking and Reading, University of Iowa (five sections)

University of Iowa, Lecturer, 2014-2015

Academic Seminar I&II (College Writing and Research), IowaLink Program, University of Iowa (six sections)



Refereed Articles

2013  A Dangerous Man: George Stoddard, Lewis Terman, the Debates over Hereditarian Views on Intelligence and the Legacy of the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station. Annals of Iowa, State Historical Society of Iowa, 72/1: 1-30.

2012  SUV vs. Bike, SUV Wins. Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review, 56-66.



Nonfiction and Fiction

2016  Letter from 16.8000° N, 87.7833° W. Atticus Review (personal essay).

2016  Amnesia. Knee-Jerk, (novel excerpt).

2016  The Agony and the Ecstasy, but mostly the Agony, of Door-to-Door Activism. The Millions (personal essay).

2015  The Swap. The Burnside Review, 11/1: 52-62 (short story).

2015  The Messenger. The Morning News (essay/journalism).

2010  SUV vs. Bike, SUV Wins. Iowa Review, 40/1: 206-216 (personal essay).

2009  Belize: Lost in the Mangroves. Perceptive Travel (essay).

2008  Literature: When a Writer Dies, So Does the Pseudonym. Lost (essay).

2008  Frothing at the Latte. The Morning News (satire/essay).

2006  Tourists in Times of Trouble. Des Moines Register, pp. 1C, 3C (journalism).

2006  Jungle Love. The Daily Item, A12 (journalism).

2005  The Princess with Rage Issues. WSUI Weekend America, Iowa Edition (personal essay).

Current Book Project

2017  The Prosthetist (novel). 



2016  Finalist, William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (novel). 

2011  Notable Essay. Best American Essays.

2011  Research Grant for Authors. State Historical Society of Iowa. 

2007  Post-Graduate Provost Fellowship. International Writing Program, University of Iowa.

2006   T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship. Graduate College, University of Iowa. 

2004-2006   Iowa Arts Fellowship. Graduate College, University of Iowa.




2017  Artists, Athletes, Immigrants and Teachers Revise Formulaic Templates for Voice and Originality. Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Washington, DC, February 8-11. 

2011  Constructing Genius, Experts and Myths: Writing Intelligently about Intelligence Testing. The American Folklore Society Conference, Bloomington, IN, October 12-15.

2011  Speak Business!, Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference, Madison, WI, October 20-22. 

2011  Narrating a Writing Self. Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference, Madison, WI, October 20-22.



2014  Truth and the Personal Essay, Interpretation of Literature, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

2011, 2012  The Fiction in Nonfiction, Kirkwood Community College. 



2012  SUV vs. Bike, Bike Wins. National Day of Writing, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, IA.

2010  SUV vs. Bike, Bike Wins. Annual Iowa Review Reading, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA. 

2009  The Messenger. International Writing Program Reading Series, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA.

2007  SUV vs. Bike, Bike Wins. James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa. 

2007  The Cul de Sac Diaries. Mission Creek Arts Festival Reading, The Mill, Iowa City, IA.



University of Iowa, Sole Instructor, 2004-2014

Academic Seminar I&II (College Writing and Research), Department of Rhetoric/IowaLink Program (eight sections) (2012-2014) 

Rhetoric Speaking and Reading (eight sections)

Rhetoric Writing and Reading (six sections) 

Co-organizer/Mentor, Department of Rhetoric Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program Seminar, University of Iowa (one section)

University of Iowa Rhetoric Department Writing Center (2009-2012)

Creative Nonfiction Workshop (four sections) 



To Profession

Designer, Language, Literacy and Culture Program, Department of Teaching and Learning newsletter, University of Iowa (2013)

Judge, Undergraduate Speech Contest, Department of Rhetoric, University of Iowa (2012)

Judge, Norman Mailer Writing Awards, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa, Sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English (2009)

Co-organizer, Writers Gone Public Reading, Department of English, University of Iowa (2009)

Mock Interviewer for student teachers, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa (2008)

To Community

Designer, Of the Folk: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Portraits, 2013

Tutor, Johnson County Social Services Afterschool Program, Iowa City, IA, 2012-2013



First-Year Academic Writing Seminar

Rhetorical Analysis and Research

Creative Writing Workshop (Nonfiction)


Nonfiction Forms: Essay, Memoir, Journalism

Creative Writing Workshop (Fiction)History of Standardized Testing

Qualitative Research Methods


College Writing Pedagogy and Assessment

Historical/Modern Constructions of Intelligence