CONFERENCE PAPERS


  • Accepted, “Posing Brunis and Selfies: Developing the Postcolonial Gaze in the Twenty-First Century,” Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, Apr. 1-4, 2015
  • "Listening, Reading, and Performing Decolonization: Music in African and African-American Literature," Emerging Paradigms: New Methodologies in Word and Music Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, November 11-14, 2014
  • “ ‘Lazy Indolent Rascals’: Deciphering the Civil War Diary of Military Musician John H. Morrison,” Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, Chicago, IL, Apr. 16-19, 2014
  • “Popular Music and Pedagogy: Harmonizing Comp/Rhet and Lit Classrooms,” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, Nov. 7-9, 2013
  • “ ‘more noise than fire—more smoke than music’ : Constructing National Identity in The Letters of John and Abigail Adams,” Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 27-30, 2013
  • “Space and Sexuality in Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Bitch Bad’,” Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 1-3, 2012
  • “Composing Home and Nationhood in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series and Godey’s Lady’s Book,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, WA, Oct. 19-21, 2012
  • Sensationalizing and Simplifying Stories in Cyprian Ekwensi’s People of the City,” Revise the World: Carson Academic Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Sept. 29, 2012
  • “Migration Melodies: Music in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series,” Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA, Apr. 11-14, 2012
  • “‘SHOTS!’: Italian and ‘Guido’ Beverage Consumption in Jersey Shore,” Colloquium, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Jan. 20, 2012
  • “‘SHOTS!’ An Analysis of Italian, American and Italian-American Beverage Consumption in Jersey Shore,” Conference on Jersey Shore Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Oct. 28, 2011
  • “Interrogating the Stigmas of Race and Criminality in Mark Twain’s The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson,” Rachel Carson Academic and Creative Writing Conference, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 1, 2011
  • “Fingerprinting Race and Crime in Mark Twain’s The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson,” American Literature Association Crime and Literature Symposium, Savannah, GA, Sept. 22-24 2011
  • “England’s Ever-Blotted Land: Bloodshed in Richard II,” University of Virginia at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference, Wise, VA, Sept. 15-17 2011
  • “Absent Presence in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day,” International English Honor Society Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Mar. 23-26, 2011
  • “Re-visioning African-American Identity in Lorene Cary’s Black Ice,” International English Honor Society Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Mar. 23-26, 2011
  • “Absent Presence in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day,” Shepherd University Sigma Tau Delta Conference, Shepherd, WV, Oct. 16, 2010
  • “Significance of Banned Books in Our Society,” Spoke and Lead Discussion at the Banned Books Event at Chatham University, sponsored by Office of Student Affairs, Sigma Tau Delta and the Creative Writing Club, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 5, 2010
  • “Re-visioning the World” Introduction for the Carson Academic and Creative Writing Conference at Chatham University as President of the Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Pittsburgh, PA, Sept. 25, 2010
  • “Rhetoric of Respect Surrounding Italian Beverage Consumption,” Chatham University Food Studies Abroad to Rome, Italy, GustoLab, May 2010
  • “‘Diddity-Dum’: Injecting Emptiness with Emotionality in E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End,” Sigma Tau Delta International Literary Conference, St. Louis, MO, Mar. 17-20, 2010
  • “Music on the Frontier in Godey’s Lady’s Book and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series,” Shepherd University Sigma Tau Delta Conference, Shepherd, WV, Oct. 30, 2009
  • “Deconstructing Petrarchan Conceit: Grafting the ‘Natural’ in Shakespeare’s Sonnets,” University of Virginia at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference, Wise, VA, Oct. 24-26, 2009