I've been teaching at WVU since 2007, after spending eleven years at the University of Northern Colorado. I was thrilled to come to Morgantown, since both of my parents are WVU alums: my dad grew up in Grantsville (Calhoun County), and my mom grew up in Athens (Mercer County). I, however, was a born in Ohio and received my PhD from Ohio State. But I consider myself a Mountaineer now, and in fact, my book about the Mountaineer mascot, Mountaineers Are Always Free: Heritage, Dissent, and a West Virginia Icon, came out from West Virginia University Press in January 2020. Click here for more information.
My areas of specialty are folklore, American literature, young-adult literature,
and English education. If you're interested in how some of those things collide,
check out the Journal of Folklore and Education, a publication of Local Learning.
My office hours for Fall 2022 are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am and from 11:30am-12:30pm, as well as by appointment. To set up a meeting (or a phone call or Zoom), please e-mail me
For more information about my work, click on the "vita" link in the right-hand sidebar. And if you're looking for my archive of electronic folklore that circulated by email after September 11, 2001, please click on the tab labeled "9/11 E-lore Archive" at the top of this page, or the link in the right-hand sidebar.