B.A., English, UCLA

M.A., English, University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Southern California
Dissertation: "Facing the Camera: Dickens, Photography, and the Anxiety of Representation"

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, which may account for my fascination with film and the visual arts. In high school, I worked at a summer camp in the Santa Cruz mountains, which confirmed two beliefs: that I wanted to teach, and that I would love to live in northern California. But what to teach? That I firmly decided on my junior year abroad in Canterbury, England. It was a year that changed my life: it instilled my love of travel in general, of England especially, and of making the connection between literature and the material (real) world from whence it came.

I completed my PhD in 2001. In the dissertation I combined many interests: Dickens, the Victorians, photography, film, pop culture, feminist approaches to literature, hands-on research, and of course, travel!

I have been teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College over 30 years. The position has allowed me to live abroad (on a year-long Fulbright Teaching Exchange in York, England, and three times on the college's London Semester), to explore various subjects. I've taught everything from Shakespeare to Children's Literature, a class I developed, and written on topics ranging from faculty development to Jane Austen, from women screenwriters to children's dental care.