Will publish “The Other Life,” short fiction, under contract for Iron Horse, Spring, 2011 special issue on “The State of American Fiction”
Will present "Observations from the Way Back" at the Beloit Historical Society, Beloit, WI, February, 2011
Served as the Judge for the University of Houston MFA Program's Creative Writing Fellowship and Writing Awards Competition, December, 2010
Served as Fiction Mentor for the Loft Mentor Series, The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2010. Chose four Fiction Fellowship recipients and worked with 12 emerging writers. Gave reading, master class, and individual conferences with writers.
Presented "The Writer's Life," for the Loft Literary Center's Novel Writing Conference, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2010
Presented "The Other Life" (short story), Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, July, 2010
Presented "Milan Kundera and the Novel of Ideas," and gave the commencement address at The Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Asheville, NC, July 2010
Published: Reading for the Law: Gender Advocacy and British Literary History, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.
Elected chair, University Academic Senate (2010-2011).
Elected to the Executive Committee for the Sociological Approaches to Literature Division, Modern Language Association (five-year term, 2011-2016).
Presented a paper on "Normative Violence and the Material Politics of Anti-Racist Knowledges" at the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, "Critical Ethnic Studies and the Futures of Genocide," March 2011.
Gave an invited talk on "Neoliberal Multiculturalism" at the 2011 Zuckerman Conference, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University.
Will present a paper on "Access" at the American Studies Association Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 2011.
Will give an invited talk as part of the "Revolutionizing American Studies" speaker series at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, December 2011.
Paper Accepted: "Literary Studies, Violence, and Neoliberal Racialism." American Studies Association Conference. November, 2010, San Antonio Texas
Paper Accepted: "Reassessing the Late Work of W.E.B. Du Bois: Thikning Race Beyond the Color-Line and Against U.S. Cold War Supremacy." Organization of American Historians Annual Conference. March, 2011, San Antonio, Texas.
Published “Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA” in Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickley (eds.), Performing Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Hampton Press (2010). Co-authored with Julie Christoph, Mary Lou Odom, and Bonnie Smith.
Published Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts. Co-edited with Cheryl Glenn. Southern Illinois University Press 2010.
Received, along with Sarah Wadsworth, a collaborative NEH grant from the American Library Association to collaborate with Raynor Memorial Libraries and Milwaukee Public Library on an outreach project titled Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. The project, which is based on a biography written by Harriet Reisen and a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, will support a series of public events to be scheduled in Fall 2011.
Has joined the Editorial Board for Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.
Outstanding Poetry Book Recognition Award, Wisconsin Library Association (for Bird Skin Coat)
Board member, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Society
Board member, Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Board member, Raymond Carver International Association
Published Imagination and the contemporary novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Presented “Canon Formation and the American Public Library, 1900-1970: The Case of American Women Writers” at Library History XII: "Libraries in the History of Print Culture," Sept. 10-12, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Presented, along with C. J. Hribal and Angela Sorby, a reading for Marquette’s Alumni Weekend, July 24.
Featured participant in the Equality State Book Festival, held in Casper, Wyoming, September 24-25.
Presented reading at the Booklovers Ball on the University of Minnesota campus. The ball is an annual benefit held for Milkweed Editions, a Minneapolis press, October 16.
Published "Serious Extravagance: Romance Writing in Seventeenth-Century England," Literature Compass 8/6, 2011, 376-89.
Published "The Narrative Turn Against Metaphor: Metonymy, Identification, and Roger Boyle's Parthenissa," in Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World, ed. Judith Anderson and Joan Pong Linton (NY: Fordham University Press, 2011), 73-90.