Continuing Lecturer IV
BA (University of Pennsylvania); MA (University of Nevada, Reno)
Office: Frandsen 215
Telephone: (775) 682-6374
nineteenth- and twentieth-century western music, fiction & nonfiction, film, and drama; vernacular folk traditions; general humanities; history of science; expository writing.
“’A Brooding and Dangerous Soul’: Deadwood’s Imperfect Music.” In Dirty Words and Deadwood: Literature and the Postwestern. Melody Graulich and Nicholas Witschi, eds. Forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in 2013.
“From California to Jarama Valley: Woody Guthrie’s Folk Banditry.” In Beyond the Myth: New Perspectives on Western Texts. David Rio et al, eds. London: Portal Editions, 2011.
"'The Wind Blew Them Away': Folksinging the West, 1880-1930." In Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West. Nicholas Witschi, ed. Blackwell Publishing, 2011.
"'A bad boy grown up': The Wild Life Behind Zane Grey's Westerns." In: Exploring the American Literary West: International Perspectives. Amaia Ibarraran et al, eds. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: University of the Basque Country Press, 2006.
I took refuge in academia from a checkered career in broadcasting, music, mining, freelance writing, public relations, the restaurant business, and higher-education administration. In addition to undergraduate writing and literature courses, I have taught in the Core Humanities program since its inception. I enjoy the synthesis of disciplines it’s possible to bring to the classroom, and whether taking on the ancient, medieval, modern, or American courses in the sequence, I try to work with a range of media, platforms, and learning modalities. My writing and much of my teaching stems for the most part from my interests in music history, drama, and performance. I also serve as one of the department’s principal academic advisors.
I am an active scholar in the national Chautauqua movement, having portrayed throughout the US (and several times overseas) a stable of historical characters in researched humanities-based interactive performances: Zane Grey, Horace Greeley, John A. Sutter, Lewis Keseberg, and Woody Guthrie. I am a longstanding volunteer with the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, and enjoy bicycling, skiing, paddling, and playing my great-aunt’s baby grand about as well as Woody Guthrie played the guitar.