Earned and Honorary Degrees
PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996
MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1992
BA Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 1990
Northland College students' seriousness, investment in making a positive impact in the world, and optimism inspire me. Many are truly dedicated to their studies; they know why they’re in college. It's such a pleasure to work with students who care. The college's small size, unique atmosphere, and environmental focus make for a one-of-a-kind education. Northland College is a quirky little school with a big heart and a wealth of talent. It offers quality and diversity in service of a great mission.
As an undergraduate at Grinnell College, I encountered marvelous teachers whose passion for literature was contagious. They encouraged me as a writer and taught me the rewards of close reading–I was hooked. Now I have devoted my career to encouraging my students in the same way. I divide my research time between poetry writing/publishing and ecofeminist theory/criticism. My recent scholarship has made connections between academic ecological feminism and the new field of queer ecology, examining politics of nature, gender, the body, and sexuality as represented in literature and especially in film.