President’s Office

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, English, University of Virginia, 1992
  • MA, English, University of Virginia, 1986
  • BA, Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, 1981


Pomona College

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2016–19
Professor of English, 2016–19

Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Provided educational leadership for 1,600 undergraduate students and oversaw the Division of Academic Affairs, which comprises 48 majors and programs, Athletics (Division III), study abroad, academic support services, institutional research, and the Registrar’s office
  • Served as the Chief Academic Officer and academic liaison to the Board of Trustees
  • Oversaw 2020 WASC Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation reaccreditation review; themes focused on in this review: “Liberal Arts in the 21st Century” and “Equity and Inclusion on a Diverse Campus”
  • Served on Strategic Planning Steering Committee
  • Responsible for implementing the strategic plan for diversity and inclusion
  • Served as Liaison to the Posse Program, overseeing campus support for two Posse cohorts per year (Chicago and Miami)
  • Promoted the value of the liberal arts through such initiatives as overhauling academic advisement and new student orientation and launching innovative international initiatives

Management and Academic Policy-Making

  • Oversaw the Academic Affairs operating budget and, as a member of the President’s Cabinet, helped to prepare the institutional budget
  • Supervised 25 direct reports, including one dean, five associate/assistant deans and ten directors; oversaw 100 academic affairs staff members
  • Served as the academic dean for 227 ladder-rank faculty members and 100 temporary faculty
  • Oversaw the administration of the tenure and promotion process and sat on the Faculty Personnel Committee and Cabinet, the two bodies responsible for reviewing and voting on promotion and tenure
  • Reorganized the office of sponsored research to include, in addition to a director of sponsored research, grants administrator position
  • Served on the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), Economic Models Project Committee, 2015–present

Shared Governance

  • Sat on the Educational Quality Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Participated in the Board of Trustees’ 2017–18 Task Force on Public Dialogue, which sought to understand the campus speech climate and to identify areas for improvement
  • Oversaw the planning of the 2018 Trustee-Faculty Retreat, which focused on “Pomona in the Public Sphere”
  • Assisted the Faculty Executive Committee in reviewing standards for tenure and promotion with the inclusion of new language on inclusive pedagogy and support for the college’s diversity and inclusivity initiatives; received approval for the revised standards from the faculty and then brought them to the board of trustees for approval
  • Responded to a request from the Associated Students of Pomona College (student governance body) to revise the College mission statement to make the language more inclusive; worked with the Faculty Executive Committee to draft new language, which went to the faculty for a vote and then to the board of trustees for approval

The Claremont Colleges (Consortium) Leadership

  • Served as 2018–19 chair of the Academic Deans Committee, comprising chief academic officers from the seven Claremont Colleges
  • Served as lead dean within the seven-institution Claremont Colleges with responsibility for the following:
    • The Claremont Colleges Library
    • The Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (“The Hive”), a new space for students to engage in collaborative problem-solving, design-thinking, and interdisciplinary experimentation
    • The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station, which provides facilities and ecological communities for high-quality teaching and research experiences in the biological, environmental, and other sciences, to the students, faculty and staff of the Claremont College
  • Chaired Strategic Master Planning Team for the Claremont Colleges Library, which resulted in a plan to renew and revitalize the library to meet the changing needs of library users in the 21st century
  • Served as Principal Investigator for the Mellon Mayes Undergraduate Fellowship grant, with participation from Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, in addition to Pomona College; oversee support of the Mellon Mayes Undergraduate Fellows program, which currently serves 21 students
  • Member of Board of Directors for the BLAIS Foundation, a Claremont Graduate University endowment devoted to the promotion of intercollegiate service, academic program development, and research, 2018–

Claremont McKenna College

Professor of Literature (2012–18) [appointment and tenure continued through the first two years of Pomona deanship]; Associate Professor of Literature (1998–2012); Assistant Professor of Literature (1994–98),

American Council on Education Fellow, University of California, Riverside, 2014–15, Placement: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

  • Shadowed and served as a consultant to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and members of UCR’s leadership team
  • Studied change management as ACE Fellowship year project
  • Involved in major projects on Budget Redesign, Organizational Excellence, and Master Planning Study
  • Participated in working group to establish a collaborative leadership model for UCR faculty, staff, and students
  • Attended UC System-wide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women meeting, October 14, 2015
  • Attended UCR NSF ADVANCE FORWARD Faculty Retreat, September 18 &19, 2014
  • Received SCUP (Society of College & University Planners) Strategic Planning Certificate, June 2015
  • Elected ACE Fellows Class of 2014–15 Liaison to the Executive Board of the Council of Fellows
  • American Council on Education, Council of Fellows Finance and Develop Committee, 2015–16

Founding Faculty Director, Center for Writing and Public Discourse, 2010–16

  • Promoted communication excellence in support of CMC’s public leadership mission
  • Supervised associate director, coordinator, doctoral fellows, and 25 to 28 student consultants
  • Provided academic support for 700 students per year; coordinated major events and workshops
  • Created and oversaw International Student Language Support Services
  • Awarded a $250,000 endowment grant for the CWPD in 2012 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Coordinator, Gender Studies, Claremont McKenna College, 1995–2014

Chair, Department of Literature, Claremont McKenna College, 2002–04

  • Administered department of eight tenure-line faculty, four to six visiting faculty, and one administrative assistant
  • Oversaw and implemented the department’s first external review
  • Chaired two tenure-track and two visiting assistant professor searches
  • Revised department standards for tenure and promotion

Selected Major CMC Committees

  • Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, 2003–04, 2010-16
  • Chair, Working Group on Academic Resources for International, First Generation, Low Income, and Underrepresented Minority Students, 2015–16
  • Advisory Committee, Mellon Foundation Digital Humanities at The Claremont Colleges Grant 2014–19 [Served on the Planning Group that developed the proposal for this $1.5 million grant, 2012–13]
  • Steering Committee, Claremont Graduate University BLAIS Foundation Challenge Grant on “Humanities in the Public Interest”
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Review Committee, 2012–14
  • Admission and Financial Aid Committee, 2006, 2012–14
  • Advisory Committee, Applied Women’s Studies Program, Claremont Graduate University, 2011–16
  • Advisory Board, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, 2008–16
  • Teaching Resource Committee, 2004–09, 2010–012 (Chair, 2005–09)
  • Administration Committee (elected by faculty), 2000–02, 2004–05
  • Intercollegiate Women’s Studies Coordinating Committee, 1996–2004
  • Curriculum Committee, 2002–04
  • President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, 2002–04
  • Strategic Planning Steering Committee, 1999–2002
  • Steering Committee for Celebration of 25 years of Co-education at CMC, 2001
  • WASC Reaccreditation Steering Committee, 1998–99; Chair, WASC Reaccreditation Steering Committee Task Force on the Faculty

Other Faculty Positions

  • Claremont Graduate University, Extended Faculty Member, English & Applied Women’s Studies (2000–016)
  • Oberlin College, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English (1992–94)
  • University of Virginia, Graduate Instructor, Department of English (1987–1991)
  • Oklahoma State University, Instructor, Department of Philosophy (1982)

Scholarly Publications

Books, Articles, and Chapters

  • “Bechdel and the Triumph of Gallows Humor.” Approaches to Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, ed. Judith Gardiner, Modern Language Association Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series, 2018, pp. 122-125
  • “Burney’s Comic Genius.” A Celebration of Frances Burney. Ed. Lorna Clark. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, pp. 126-133
  • Guest co-editor, Special Issue: “Globalization, Activism, and the Academy: Resisting Complicity, Challenging Backlash,” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 35.6 (September 2006), Co-author, Introduction, p. 527
  • Editor, critical edition of The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (1753), Jane Collier. Toronto: Broadview Press, 2003
  • Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998; paperback, 2002
  • Commissioned endnotes for Random House Modern Library series: George Gissing’s New Grub Street, 2002; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, 2002; Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, 2002; Jane Austen’s Persuasion, 2001; John Cleland’s Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, 2001; Frances Burney’s Evelina, 2001
  • Entries on “Antifeminism,” “Comedy,” and “Postfeminism.” Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory. Ed. Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace. Garland, 1997
  • “Goblin Laughter: Violent Comedy and the Condition of Women in Frances Burney and Jane Austen.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 24 (1995): pp.323-340
  • “Mocking the ‘Lords of Creation’: Comic Male Characters in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen.” Women’s Writing: The Elizabethan to Victorian Period 1.1 (1994): pp. 77-98
  • “‘A History Reduc’d into Patches’: Patchwork and the Woman Novelist.” Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern. Eds. Judy Elsley and Cheryl Torsney. Columbia: University of Missouri Press (1994): pp. 18-32

Long Review Essays

  • Review of The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, Lillian Faderman (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Women’s Review of Books, assigned, forthcoming, 2016
  • “The Other Shoe Drops.” Review of Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), Women’s Review of Books, September/October 2012, pp. 13-14
  • “Novels are Not the Only Books.” Review of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson (Grove Press, 2012) [with a retrospective review of Winterson’s oeuvre], The Los Angeles Review of Books, April 10, 2012
  • “But Are They Any Good?” Review of True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School, Ed. Susan Gubar (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011), Women’s Review of Books, (November/December 2011), pp. 3-5
  • “Just Like a Woman.” Review of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter, William Deresiewicz (Penguin, 2011) and Rachel M. Brownstein, Why Jane Austen? (Columbia University Press, 2011), The Los Angeles Review of Books, 5 September 2011
  • “Branding Dear Jane.” Review of Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. Claire Harman. (Henry Holt and Company, 2009). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 27, Issue 6 (November/December 2010), p. 5-6 [Lead review essay]
  • “Handkerchiefes of Praise.” Review of Mad Madge: The Extraordinary Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, The First Woman to Live by Her Pen. Katie Whitaker. (New York: Basic Books, 2002). Women’s Review of Books, March 2003: pp. 16-17
  • “Off the Beaten Track.” Review of Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life, Janet Todd (Columbia, 2000) and Frances Burney: A Literary Life, Janice Ferrar Thaddeus (St. Martins, 2000). Women’s Review of Books. November 2000: pp. 17-19

Book Reviews

  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, Rebecca Traister (Simon & Schuster, 2016), Ms. magazine, Spring 2016
  • The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship, Marilyn Yalom with Theresa Donovan Brown (HarperCollins, 2015), San Francisco Chronicle, September 24, 2015
  • Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, Roberta Kaplan (W. W. Norton Co., 2015, Ms. magazine, Summer 2015, p. 41
  • Jane Austen and the Arts: Elegance, Propriety, and Harmony, Natasha Duquette and Elisabeth Lenckos, Eds. (Lehigh University Press, 2013), Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44.3 (2015): p. 425.
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore (Knopf, 2014), San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2014
  • Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, Lynn Sherr (Simon & Schuster, 2014), San Francisco Chronicle, July 13, 2014
  • Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution, Linda Hirshman (Harper, 2012), Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2012
  • Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture, Amy Farrell (New York University Press, 2011), Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Summer 2011, p. 59-60
  • Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life, Stephanie Staal (Public Affairs, 2011), Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring 2011, pp. pp. 63-64
  • Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, Jennifer Pozner (Seal Press, 2010), Ms. magazine, Fall 2010, pp. 55-56
  • Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small, Rita Mae Brown, and Why My Third Husband Will be a Dog. Lisa Scottoline, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring 2010, pp. 64
  • Bodies, Susie Orbach (Picador, 2009), Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture Fall 2009, pp. 59-60
  • Women Novelists Before Jane Austen, Brian Corman (University of Toronto Press, 2008). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 28.1 (Spring 2009) pp. 201-202
  • The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel, (Houghton Mifflin, 2008). Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring 2009, p. 64
  • Likewise, Ariel Schrag (Touchstone, 2009), Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring 2009, pp. 68-69
  • Dress, Distress and Desire: Clothing and the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Jennie Batchelor. (Palgrave 2005). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 25.1 (Spring 2006) pp. 158-59
  • Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives. Eds. Helen M. Buss, D.L. Macdonald, and Anne McWhir (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2001). Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 25.2 ) (Spring 2002): pp. 397-99
  • Eternally Bad: Goddesses with Attitude, Trina Robbins (Conari Press, 2001), Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, (Winter 2002): pp. 79-80
  • General Consent in Jane Austen: A Study of Dialogism, Barbara K. Seeber (McGill-Queens UP, 2000), Eighteenth-Century Fiction 14.2 (2001): pp. 235-37
  • The Smile of Discontent: Humor, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction. Eileen Gilooly, Chicago UP, 1999. Studies in the Novel 33.4 (Winter 2001): pp. 116-119
  • Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics 1716-1818, Elizabeth A. Bohls, Cambridge UP (1995). Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 26 (1997): pp. 535-538
  • “Only Connect.” Review of Jeanette Winterson’s Gut Symmetries. Los Angeles Times Book Review, 13 April 1997
  • Essays, Poems, and Simplicity: A Comedy, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (Clarendon, 1993). Women’s Writing: The Elizabethan to Victorian Period 1.1 (1994): pp. 119- 121

Public Scholarship

Books and Essays

  • Profile of comedian Amy Schumer [cover story], Ms. magazine, Summer 2015, pp. 20-23
  • Blog posts on higher education leadership, American Council on Higher Education Fellowship for Higher Education Today, 2014-2015
  • “Marriage Equality on the Cusp,” [Analysis of Supreme Court March 2013 hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8], Ms. magazine, Spring 2013, p. 15
  • “Will Justices Say ‘I Do’?” [Marriage equality goes to the Supreme Court], Ms. magazine, Winter 2013, p. 14
  • “Pride and Prejudice Forever,” co-written with Susan Celia Greenfield [Celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary], Los Angeles Review of Books, January 27, 2013
  • Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, anthology, co-edited with Michele Kort, Seal Press (2012); 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist
  • “The Marriage Prop,” Los Angeles Review of Books, February 12, 2012. [Featured essay: The New Yorker’s “The Book Bench,” February 15, 2012]
  • “The State(s) of Same-Sex Marriage,” Ms. magazine, Fall 2010, pp. 12-13
  • “Wife Support” [lesbian marriage redefines what it means to be a wife] Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Winter 2009, pp. 19-20 + 26
  • “Lipstick Traces: Blogging Back to the Beauty Biz.” Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Spring 2007, pp. 29-31 [featured contributor for this issue]
  • Profile of Aphra Behn for “Unsung Feminist Foremothers.” Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Spring 2007, p. 63
  • “Saving Grace” [on documentary The Grace Lee Project], Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, 10-Year Anniversary issue, 2006 [syndicated online at AlterNet, 21 March 2006], pp. 25-26
  • “Some Misplaced Joan of Arc,” [essay on Patti Smith in a special section “In Praise of Patti” to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Horses] Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring 2006, pp. 95-96
  • “Laughing All the Way to the Polls: Political Women’s Humor,” Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Fall 2005, pp. 48-53 [syndicated online by Alternet, 5 January 2006]
  • “The Common Guy” [on the generic phrase “you guys”], Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture 18, Fall 2002, pp. 19-20 +87. Reprinted in Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine. Eds. Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006, pp. 76-80. Also reprinted in Language Awareness, Tenth edition, Eds., Paul Eschholtz, Alfred Rosa and Virginia Clark, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009, pp. 381-38.5 (Subsequently reprinted in two additional editions)
  • “Bitch and Bitch Again” [on the 1980s magazine Bitch, devoted to women musicians], Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture 14 (2001): pp. 44-47
  • Solicited response to Harold Bloom’s disparagement of women’s humor. Paris Review 139 (1996): pp. 275-281

Creative Nonfiction

  • Virabhadrasana in the Academy: Coming Out with an Open Heart,” Yoga and Body Image, Eds. Melanie Klein and Anna Guest Jelly (Llewellyn Press), 2014
  • “From Strangers to You Really Got Me,” L.A. Affairs column, Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2013
  • “Over the Fence,” Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women, Eds. Candace Walsh and Laura André, Seal Press, 2010, pp. 64-74


  • Jen Sorensen, creator of the comic strip Slowpoke, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, 2010, pp. 15-17
  • Kathryn Bond Stockton, author of The Queer Child: or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Spring 2010, pp. 19-20
  • “Big Judy.” Interview with Judy Henske. ROCKRGRL Fall 2005 pp. 22-23
  • The Butchies. ROCKRGRL. Summer 2004, pp. 38-42
  • “An Hour with Michael Cunningham.” Interview with Michael Cunningham. CMC Magazine, Spring 2003, p. 16-18
  • Profile piece on Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company in Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture 17 (Summer 2002), pp. 37-39
  • STB (Atlanta-based rock group). ROCKRGRL. September/October 2001: pp. 20-22
  • “The! Great! Lynda! Barry!” Interview with cartoonist/novelist Lynda Barry] Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. November, 2000: pp. 33-41
  • Martha Davis (of The Motels), ROCKRGRL, January/February 2000: pp. 12-14
  • Mrs. Fun (jazz group), ROCKRGRL, January/February 1999: pp. 19-20
  • Jeanette Winterson. The Paris Review 145 (1997–98): pp. 68-112

Journalism and Media

  • Contributor to Ms. magazine, March 2010—6 [articles and blog posts on topics relating to gender studies, feminism, marriage equality, humor, and entertainment]
  • Ms. Magazine Committee of Scholars, 2011—present
  • Editorial Board, CMC Magazine, 2008–09, 2010–12, 2015–16
  • Section Editor, Gender/Sexuality, Los Angeles Review of Books, 2012–13

Radio Appearances

  • Warren Olney’s “To the Point,” KPPC, August 10, 2010, June 26, 2013, June 26, 2015
  • Warren Olney’s “Which Way LA,” KPCC, March 26, 2013
  • “Life Elsewhere,” March 4, 2013, WMNF, April 8, 2013, July 1, 2013, June 29, 2015
  • “Take Two,” KPCC, January 28, 2013
  • “The Menage,” KKNW, December 2009

Selected Academic Conference Papers And Presentations

  • “Translating Your Research: From Academia to Mainstream Media”, National Women’s Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, November 12–15, 2015
  • “Writing for the Popular Press” Panel, National Women’s Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 13–16, 2014
  • “An Audience of Her Own: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer and the Rise of Modern Feminism,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism 22nd Annual Conference, Washington, DC, July 10–13, 2014
  • Ms. Guide to Women’s Studies: Meet the Contributors Panel, National Women’s Studies Association, Oakland, California, November 8–11, 2012
  • “The Austen/Burney Connection: Social Networking, Eighteenth-Century Style,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Wesleyan University, October 11–14, 2012
  • Ms. Writers Workshop Panel, National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 10–12, 2011
  • Selected participant, THATCamp LAC [conference on digital humanities at liberal arts colleges], De Pere, WI, June 4 & 5, 2011
  • Panel chair, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Burney Society Panel, “Beauty and the Politics of Appearance in Burney and Her Circle,” Richmond, Va., March 26–29, 2009
  • Panel Chair, Burney Society Conference, St. Georges House, Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK, July 6 & 7, 2007
  • “Female Difficulties Revisited: Burney and the Politics of Embarrassment in the Long Eighteenth Century,” accepted for presentation at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 22–25, 2007
  • Panel moderator, “Constructions of Identity Through Space,” Queering the Discourse Conference, Claremont Graduate University, February 17–19, 2005
  • Program committee and panel chair, Burney Society International Conference, Los Angeles Public Library, October 7, 2004
  • “‘The Little Zig-Zags of Embarrassment’: Burney, Austen, and the Comedy of Exposure,” Burney Society International Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, October 10 & 11, 2003
  • “Mid-18th-century Notions of a Lost Female Empire,” Aphra Behn Society Thirteenth annual Conference, Mills College, October 24–25, 2002
  • “Burney’s Comic Genius.” Celebrating Frances Burney. Burney Society International Conference, Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery, London, England. June 13 & 14, 2002
  • “Don’t Try This at Home: Jane Collier’s (Tor)Mentoring Satire.” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. New Orleans, April 18–22, 2001
  • “Dark Laughter: The Comic, the Gothic, and Revolutionary Feminism.” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Williams College, Williamstown Massachusetts, September 17–20, 1998
  • “‘Scholaring’ and ‘Mastering’: Strategic Positioning in the Courtship of Frances Burney and Alexandre d’Arblay.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, April 1–5, 1998
  • “Engaging Laughter” [on teaching 18th-century literature in the undergraduate classroom]. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 27th Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas, March 27–31, 1996
  • Panel Chair, “Consuming Desires,” Conference on Addiction and Culture. Claremont Graduate School, February 29–March 2, 1996
  • “The Nonsense of Common Sexism: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Enlightenment Feminist Satire.” Northeast America Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 7–10, 1995
  • “‘The Happy Genius of Nonsense’: Comedy and the Woman Writer.” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. University of California, Irvine, February 17–19, 1995
  • “The Politics of Laughter: Feminist Comic Strategies in Wollstonecraft’s Vindication.”
  • Aphra Behn Society Conference. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, October 7–9, 1994
  • Panel Chair, “Aphra Behn,” Third Annual Conference on Women Writers of 18th- and 19th-Century Britain. Michigan State University, April 15 & 16, 1994
  • “Making Fun of the Angel in the House: Female Tricksters in Burney, Edgeworth, and Austen.” Third Annual Conference on Women Writers of 18th- and 19th-Century Britain. Michigan State University, East Lansing, April 15 & 16, 1994
  • “Domesticating the Comic Muse: Women, Gender, and Eighteenth-Century Theories of Comedy.” Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, Canada, December 27–30, 1993
  • Panel Chair, “Radcliffe and the Gothic,” Second Annual Conference on Women Writers of 18th- and 19th-Century Britain, University of Washington, Seattle, May 7 & 8, 1993
  • “Nice Girls Don’t Laugh: The Invention of the Humorless Female in Eighteenth-Century England.” Aphra Behn Society. Portland, Maine, September 17 & 18, 1993
  • “Women’s Laughing Matters: Feminist Comedy and the Eighteenth-Century Novel.” Second Annual Conference on Women Writers of 18th- and 19th-Century Britain. University of Washington, Seattle, May 7 & 8, 1993
  • “‘Now You See It, Now You Don’t’: The Myth of Female Humorlessness and its Eighteenth-Century Origins.” Tenth International Humor Congress, University of Paris VIII, July 6–9, 1992

Selected Keynote Lectures And Invited Talks

  • Chair, Panel on “Speech and Inclusion,” Annapolis Group Meeting, Annapolis, MD, June 17–20, 2018
  • Western Association of College and University Business Officers Leadership Symposium Presenter, January 19, 2018, Newport Beach, CA
  • “Only Connect,” Convocation Address, Pomona College, September 6, 2016 []
  • Co-Facilitator, Faculty Workshop on Feminist Public Scholarship, Arizona State University, April 2016
  • “Women and Technology” Panel Participant, Kravis-de-Roulet conference, “Women’s Leadership Journeys Revealed,” February 20, 2016
  • “Embodied Practice: Yoga and Social Justice,” Panelist, Occidental College, April 7, 2015
  • “Technology Changes: Women and Pedagogy and Technology at the Claremont Colleges,” Panel Participant, Munroe Center for Social Inquiry, Pitzer College, November 15, 2013
  • “Writing Outside the Academy: Public Scholarship in the Digital Age,” Lecture and two workshops on public writing, Wittenberg University (OH), September 19–20, 2013
  • “Jane Austen’s Enlightenment Feminist Humor,” keynote speaker, Jane Austen Society Southwest, Winter Meeting, Los Angeles Athletic Club, December 1, 2012
  • “From Jane Austen to Feminist Hulk: Gender Studies in the Digital Age,” Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, September 21, 2011
  • “Telling Our Stories: Life into Art,” Huntington Women’s Studies Seminar, panel moderator for panel that featured Sandra Tsing Loh and Michele Serros, 21 May 2011
  • “Ms. Magazine and Feminist Scholarship,” Huntington Women’s Studies Conference, 29 November 2010
  • “Jane Austen’s Emma in Context,” Upland Public Library, May 2001
  • “Talking About Women’s Rights: From Mary Wollstonecraft to the Millennium,” CMCAA Alumni Leadership Conference, September 18, 1999
  • “Women and Comedy.” Borders Books, Montclair. March 13, 1999
  • “Laughing Feminism.” Claremont Colleges Library Speaker Series. February 3, 1999
  • “Traditions of Feminist Laughter.” Pasadena Senior Curriculum Lecture Series “Understanding the Role of Women in Western Culture,” sponsored by Occidental College, May 16, 1995
  • “Feminists Have No Sense of Humor, and Other Myths.” Cornell College, March 16, 1995

Selected Awards, Grants, and Honors


  • American Council on Education Fellowship, 2014–15
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2013
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Claremont McKenna College

  • Summer Research Fellowships, CMC Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • CMC Research Sabbaticals: Fall, 1997, AY 2001-2002, and AY 2009–10, AY 2001–02
  • Summer Research Grants, CMC Dean of the Faculty’s Office, 1995, 1997–99, 2002–05, and 2007
  • CMC Kravis Leadership Institute Summer Research Grant, 2005
  • CMC Teaching Resource Center Course Development Grant, 2005
  • CMC Teaching Resource Center Mini-Grant for Transgender Reading Class, Fall 2005
  • CMC Gould Center Faculty Summer Research Grant 1996, 2001, 2003, and 2004
  • CMC Diversity Initiative Grant, 2003
  • Claremont McKenna College Roy B. Crocker Award for Merit, 2001 (by faculty vote: for excellence in teaching, research, & service to CMC)

University of Virginia

  • Zora Neale Hurston Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper on Women or Gender, University of Virginia Women’s Studies Program [for dissertation], 1991–92

Other Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, The Burney Journal, 2006–present
  • Editorial Board, “Gender and Genre” series, Pickering and Chatto, 2011–16
  • Huntington Library Women’s Studies Roundtable Steering Committee, 2011–13
  • Specialist Reader for Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Specialist Reader for Routledge University Press, Oxford University Press, Bedford/ St. Martin’s, and Broadview Press
  • Grant Reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, since 2001
  • Joyce Hemlow Prize Committee, Burney Society, 2003–10 [Committee Chair, 2004–10]

Professional Development

  • Society of College and University Planners Planning Institute: Completed Steps I, II, and III; Received Certificate in Strategic Planning, June, 2015
  • American Council on Education Women’s Network, Women’s Leadership Forum, California State University, October 18, 2013, October 10, 2014, and October 16, 2015
  • American Council on Education Women’s Leadership Regional Forum, February 13–15, 2013 (3-day intensive training on executive leadership, campus diversity and inclusivity, fundraising, legal and risk management, and crisis and emergency management)
  • Women’s Media Center Media Training (focused on interview and on-camera skills), October 7, 2013
  • Ms. Feminist Scholars Program, (selective workshop series designed to train feminist researchers to write as public scholars and to translate the insights of academic research to a general audience), March-May, 2010
  • Op-Ed Project Workshop, “How to Write to Change the World,” March 15, 2009