I have always believed in being open to new ideas and new paths, and my scholarly and teaching interests reflect this philosophy. My research interests include material culture, gender studies, women's travel narratives, and the construction of identity in literature. I am the author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture, as well as articles on Phillis Wheatley, Sarah Kemble Knight, Walt Whitman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner. I am associate editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry. I also teach a variety of courses, both undergraduate and graduate, including the University's first-year core course, The Journey of Transformation, Women and Literature II, American Romanticism, Studies in American Literature, and Senior Seminar. I am also interested in the use of technology for teaching and to advance learning. Toward that end I have tried various tools in my classes, including wikis, blogs, and, most recently, Second Life, the online virtual community. I am currently at work on a study of the grotesque in early American literature. I have given numerous presentations on both my scholarship and my pedagogical interests. I am on the editorial board of Transformations, the Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, and a member of several scholarly organizations, including MLA, SEA, and NJCEA.
- Ph.D., New York University
- M.A., Seton Hall University
- B.A., New Jersey City University
- Women of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire, co-edited with Susan C.
Imbarrato. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016.
- The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present. General Editor Jeffrey Gray; Associate Editors Mary McAleer Balkun and James McCorkle. Greenwood, 2014.
- "Herding cats in the internet corral." Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education [SITE] 20th International Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, March 2009.
- "The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and
Culture". University of Alabama Press, 2006.
- The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry. General Editor Jeffrey Gray; Associate Editors James McCorkle and Mary McAleer Balkun. Greenwood, 2005.
- "Literature: A Prentice Hall Pocket Reader". Longman, 2004, 2006.
- From Discussion to Writing: Instructional Resources for Our Times: Readings from Recent Periodicals. New York: Bedford, 1995.
- Steven J. Rosen Mentor Award, New Jersey College English Association, 2017
- Bernard J McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service, Seton Hall University, 2016
- Woman of the Year Award, Seton Hall University, 2009
- Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award, Book Publication, 2006
- Japan Week Committee Award, 2005
- Faculty Service Medal, 2004