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I'm a first-generation college student who learned first-hand the transformative power of the liberal arts and the strong foundation they provide for building thriving careers, communities, and lives. As director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, I develop community-engaged scholarship and raise critical resources to support our exhibitions, events, and performances at 101 Archer, a 42,500 square-foot facility dedicated to making the university the heart of our community. Beginning with my book on snobbery, my interdisciplinary scholarship explores how we create, circulate, and value modern culture.  I'm currently at work on a book titled Songs for Serial Killers.

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Modern Literature and Culture

Editor, James Joyce Quarterly, Co-Editor, New Modernist Studies (Bloomsbury)

1990 - 1994

Swarthmore College

High Honors in English and Religion

Phi Beta Kappa

Public Humanities

Founding Director of Oklahoma Center for the Humanites

Bob Dylan and American Music

Founding Director, TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies

Digital Humanities and Periodical Studies

Founder, Modernist Journals Project and Journal of Modern Periodical Studies


Brown University

PhD in English


Social Science Research Council

University Outstanding Researcher Award

TURC Mentoring Award

University Outstanding Teacher Award

National Endowment for the Humanities

Segal Distinguished Visiting Professor (Northwestern)

Prof. of Humanities, Univ. of Southern Denmark

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