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Professor, English Department

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
tel.: 607-777-2104
fax.: 607-777-2408 
Curriculum Vitae



Professor, Department of English, State University of New York, Binghamton


Proposal Review Chair, National Women’s Studies Association


Dean’s Visiting Professor, University of Kentucky (spring)


Visiting Artist, California State University Summer Arts


Director of Graduate Studies, English, SUNY-Binghamton


Visiting Scholar, Rutgers Institute for Research on Women


Trustee, Women’s Sports Foundation


Associate Professor, Department of English, State University of New York, Binghamton


Assistant Professor, Department of English, State University of New York, Binghamton


Ph.D. in English with a Critical Theory Emphasis, University of California, Irvine
Advisor: J. Hillis Miller, UCI Distinguished Research Professor of English and Comparative Literature


M.A. in English, University of California, Irvine


M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Arizona


B.A. in Creative Writing, University of Arizona (honors, Phi Beta Kappa)

Fields of Study

Gender Studies, Creative Writing, Environmentalism, Evolutionary Studies, Sport Studies, New Humanities.


Natural Selection: Poems (Louisiana Literature Press, 2008).

The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism. Jaipur & New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2007. This is the Indian version of the U.S. publication.

The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third-Wave Feminism. (Greenwood Reference Works, 2005). As the General Editor of the first major reference work on third wave feminism, I was responsible for all stages of production from conceptualization to organization to writing critical introductions to proofreading. This 1,000-page work includes a companion volume, The Primary Documents of Third Wave Feminism.

The Proving Grounds: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2005).

Built To Win: The Rise of the Female Athlete as Cultural Icon (University of Minnesota Press, 2003). Honorable Mention North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Book Award, 2004.

Pretty Good for a Girl (paperback edition, University of Minnesota Press, 2000).  Named a “Breakthrough Book” by Lingua Franca./Pretty Good for a Girl: A Memoir (hardback, The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 1998).

Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women’s Bodybuilding (Rutgers University Press, 1998).

Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997). Co-edited with Jennifer Drake. ). Named a “Notable New Anthology” by The Nation, and a “Recommended Book” by the New York Review of Books Reader’s Catalog.

Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic Aesthetic in Modern Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996).

In Development/Forthcoming

Environmental Thought from Intrinsic Value to Sustainability. Co-edited with Yongguo Chen, Tsinghua University. Forthcoming Beijing University Press.

The Wolf in the Albuquerque Hotel Bed. A work of creative non-fiction that incorporates empirical research on people’s attitudes toward wolves and the wild, tells the story of living with a high-content wolf hybrid for 11 years, and explores the possibility of co-evolution between humans and wolves.

Sustainable Waves: Third Wave Feminism in an Environmentalist Age. Co-edited with Jennifer Drake. The collection will establish the relationship between feminist successes and economic prosperity and the decline of feminisms in times of economic scarcity, as well as examine the status of feminisms in the current global North and South, which establish the same pattern. The book will include essays from a number of third wave feminist scholars and activists from the U.S., Britain, Australia, China, and Poland.

Immanent Practice: Yoga, Surfing, and the Renegotiation of Sport. Here I reconsider “sport” from its hegemonic definition as competitive activity best exemplified by baseball, basket ball and football to a participatory activity based in the concept of “immersive practice” formulated by geographer Nigel Thrift. Builds on some of the work I have published in articles listed below.

“The Integration of the Sciences and Humanities,” article version of the narrative co-written with David Sloan Wilson for an NEH Challenge Grant, May 2008.

"Economies of Surf: Evolution, Territorialism, and the Erosion of Localism," in David L. Andrews and Michael Silk, eds., Sport and Neoliberalism, forthcoming Temple University Press.

“Building Otherwise: Bodybuilding as Immersive Practice.” In Flex: Critical Readings in Bodybuilding, eds. Niall Richardson and Adam Locks. Forthcoming Routledge.

Recent Articles

"'Ambassadors of the Last Wilderness?': Surfers, Environmental Ethics, and Activism in America," in Michael Atkinson and Kevin Young, eds., Tribal Play: Subcultural Journeys Through Sport, Emerald Group Publishing, 2008: 153-172.

"Third Wave Feminism, the Global Economy, and Women's Surfing: Sport as Stealth Feminism in Girls' Surf Culture," in Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism," ed. Anita Harris. London: Routledge, 2008: 63-82.

"Producing Girls: Empire, Sport, and the Neoliberal Body," in Patricia Vertinsky and Jennifer Hargreaves, eds. Physical Culture, Power, and the Body. London: Routledge, 2007: 101-120.

"Immanence, Transcendence, and Immersive Practices: Female Athletes in U.S. Neoliberalism, in the Scholar and the Feminist special issue "The Cultural Value of Sport: Title IX and Beyond," eds. E. Grace Glenny and Janet Jakobsen.

"'The Room' as Heterosexual Closet: The Life and Death of Alternative Relationalities on HBO's Six Feet Under," in Third Wave Feminism and Television, ed. Merri L. Johnson. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007: 189-217.

“It’s All About the Benjamins: Economic Determinants of Third Wave Feminism” in Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration (Palgrave Macmillan), eds. Stacy Gillis, Becky Munford and Gill Howie (2005), pp. 13-23.

“Achievement and Decline: The Importance of Women’s Sport Participation to Public Health,” Femininities, Masculinities, and the Politics of Sexual Difference, eds. Dorothy Sue Cobble, Beth Hutchinson, and Amanda B. Chaloupka (Rutgers, 2004), pp. 89-93.

Recent invited Lectures/Poetry Readings/Conference Presentations

Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, "Biocultural Perspectives and the Importance of the Literary," May 2008.

Environmental Writers' Conference in Honor of Rachel Carson."The Wolf in the Albuquerque Hotel Bed," June 2008.

Bucks County Community College Poetry Series, Poetry Reading, March 2008.

Barnes & Noble Readers' Series, Clifton, N.J., Poetry Reading, May 2008.

"The Futures of Feminism,” Presidential Address, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, June 2006.

"Immanence, Transcendence, and Immersive Practices: Female Athletes in U.S. Neoliberalism,” University of Kentucky, March 2006.

"Karyotypes: The Myths and Mutations of Third Wave Feminism."University of Kentucky and Berea College, March 2006.

Poetry readings from The Proving Grounds at the Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA July 2006; Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles, June 2006; NWSA Conference, June 2006; Passaic Poetry Series, May 2006; Paterson Museum, April 2006; Montclair State College, April, 2006; University of Kentucky, March 2006; Cal State Sacramento, March 2006; University of the Pacific, March 2006; Cal State Stanislaus, March 2006; Coastal Carolina University, November 2005; Binghamton University, November 2005.

"Environmentalism, Authenticity and 'Selling Out' in Skater/Surf Culture," North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, October 2005.

“Hard Body Panic: Body Ideals in Fight Club, the Mass Media, and Your Local Gym,”Falcone Endowed Lecture, Cayuga College, October 3, 2005.

“Participatory Sport, Competitive Sport, and Public Health: Reconsidering the Definition of `Sport’,” Keynote Speaker for Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Annual Sports and Fitness Symposium, Colorado State University, March 4, 2005.

“Producing Girls: Title IX, Empire, Sport,” Invited Feature Speaker for University of Maryland 2005 Kinesiology Symposium, “Sport as Discursive Technology,” February 18, 2005.

“Producing Girls: Title IX, Empire, Sport,” Invited Feature Speaker for “Women and Sport: Before, During, and After Title IX Symposium” at Bowling Green State University, February 2-6, 2005.

Poetry Reading/Workshop Professor,Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair State University
April 7, 2005. A public reading of my poetry and a writing workshop for students.

“Producing Girls: Empire and Women’s Sport,” Invited Feature Speaker,University of British Columbia Physical Culture, Power, and the Body International Symposium, October 15-16, 2004.

Last Updated: 7/27/16