Women's and Gender Studies Program
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. in linguistics, University of Georgia, 1999
The course I teach for the program is called "Language, Gender, and Sexuality," which allows students to explore how people construct their gender and sexuality through language, especially conversation. I have published two articles on the nexus of linguistics, gender, sexuality, and ideologies, one in the Journal of Homosexuality and the other in ImageText. For five years, I served as chair of UNO Safe Space and Ally Training, and I am past associate director of Women's Studies. I also serve as the faculty advisor for Queers and Allies, the UNO student organization for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender-queer, questioning, or intersex. In the Omaha community, I am a member of the Gay-Lesbian-Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and I serve on their speakers bureau in conjunction with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).