Professional Associations  * Reviewing  * Washington State University

Professional Associations


  • MLA Delegate for Distance and Continuing Education, 2012-present
  • SSAWW, Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Vice President for Publications; webmaster; editor and publisher, SSAWW Newsletter; listserv moderator, 2008-2014; Program Committee, 2003; Advisory Board, 2006-2008.
  • American Studies Association. Chair, Regional Chapters Committee, 2004-2008; Representative, Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, 2002-2008.
  • International Theodore Dreiser Society. President, 2010-2012; Vice President and Program Chair, 2008-2010.
  • Jack London Society. President, 2006-2008; Vice President, 2004-2006; Executive Board, 1999-present.
  • Edith Wharton Society. President, 2004-2006; Vice President, 2003-2005; Secretary, 2001-2003; Executive Board, 1999-2001; web design and maintenance, list management, and @EdithWhartonSoc on Twitter, 1999-present.
  • Hamlin Garland Society. President, 2005-2007; Vice President, 2004-2006.
  • Stephen Crane Society. President, 2002-2004; Vice President and Program Chair, 2000-2002; Program Committee Member, 1999-2000; Web site creation, design, and maintenance, 2000-present.
  • W. D. Howells Society.  Secretary, 1997-2009; Web site creation, design, and maintenance and list management for howells-l, 1997-present. 


National/International: American Studies Association (ASA); Modern Language Association (MLA); Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW); Popular Culture Association (PCA); Western Literature Association (WAL); Digital Americanists.

Regional: Pacific Northwest American Studies Association (PNASA); Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA); SSAWW Northwest Study Group.

Special Interest: Stephen Crane Society, International Theodore Dreiser Society, Hamlin Garland Society, Jack London Society, Frank Norris Society, William Dean Howells Society, Edith Wharton Society, Rebecca Harding Davis Society.

Peer Review

Editorial Boards

  • Editor, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 2010-2011
  • American Literary Realism, 2005-present
  • University of Alabama Press Series Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism. Series Editor: Gary Scharnhorst, University of New Mexico
  • Bedford Anthology of American Literature, (vol. II; 2007-present)
  • The Edith Wharton Review, 1999-present
  • Legacy (Referee; Editorial Board of Consultants 1999-; Advisory Board, 2004-2006)
  • Studies in American Naturalism, 2004-present


  • American Literary Realism
  • Children’s Literature
  • College Literature
  • Critical Engagements
  • Dreiser Studies
  • The Edith Wharton Review
  • The Explicator
  • Feminist Studies
  • Genre
  • Great Plains Quarterly
  • Journal of American Studies
  • Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
  • Modernism/Modernity
  • Mosaic
  • Nines Project
  • Papers on Language and Literature
  • PMLA
  • Rocky Mountain Review
  • Stephen Crane Studies
  • Studies in American Fiction
  • Studies in American Naturalism
  • Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora


  • Bedford/St. Martin’s
  • Boise State University Press (Western Writers Series)
  • Broadview Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • Greenwood Press
  • Kent State University Press
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Northeastern University Press
  • Ohio State University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Routledge
  • University of Alabama Press
  • University of Georgia Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • Yale University Press

WSU Service

  • College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, 2012-present
  • Provost’s Leadership Academy, 2011- 2012
  • Integration Committee for the College of Arts and College of Sciences, 2011-2012

Department Service: Washington State University

  • Vice Chair and Scheduler, 2013-present
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2012-present
  • Ad hoc Committee on Online Learning, 2012-present
  • Director (interim), Graduate Studies, 2008-2009
  • Graduate Studies Committee, 2006-2010
  • Search Committees: Chair, 2005-6, 2011-2012; member,  2004-5, 2005-6
  • Ad hoc Committee on Graduate Assessment, 2008 (Spring)
  • Chair, Nineteenth-century 3xx-course Curriculum Revision Committee, 2004-2005

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