Associate Faculty; Composition
Office Location: DW 3142
BA in Literature with a minor in Art History from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
MA and PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio
I explore creative approaches to the physical body as a source of personal agency in the face of societal constraints. Previous research has explored aikido, a martial art that emphasizes effective but non-violent engagement in physical conflict. Another co-authored, multi-phase study focused on the self-representational choices of female athletes. In the future, I hope to conduct research on Contact Improvisation, a form of participatory, postmodern social dance.
Courses Taught at Other Universities:
Cultural Pluralism in the United States and Introduction to Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio
Contemporary Topics in Health and Wellness, Mindful Movement, Contact Improvisation, and Weight Training at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana
Courses Recently Taught at IU South Bend
Principles of Composition
“You start by changing the whole cultural context”: Women-led martial artists disrupt gender violence.
“It’s cheesy when they smile”: What girl athletes prefer in images of female college athletes. Co-authored with Krane, V., Ross, S.R., Miller, M., Andrzejczyk, J.A., & Lucas, C.B.
Power and focus: Self-representation of female college athletes. Co-authored with Krane, V., Ross, S.R., Miller, M., Rowse, J.L., Andrzejczyk, J.A., & Lucas, C.B.