Kristin was born and raised in northern California, where she attended the University of California, Berkeley, first as an undergraduate and then—after spending three years in Japan—as a graduate student. She earned her PhD in 2010 and joined the English department in 2011. Her scholarly interests lie primarily with twentieth-century American literature, especially William Faulkner. One of her favorite things about Lewis & Clark is working closely with students at all stages in their college experience. She regularly teaches in the first-year seminar program, and also enjoys teaching the English department’s introductory survey of American literature, upper-level courses on American Modernism and African American literature, and the Senior Seminar for majors. When she’s not working, Kristin loves to get outdoors with her family.  

Specialty

20th-century American Literature

Academic Credentials

PhD 2010 University of California, Berkeley

BA 1997 University of California, Berkeley

Teaching

Core 120 The Space Between: Writing Across Difference in American Literature

English 209 Introduction to American Literature

English 323 American Modernism

English 324 Post-World War II American Literature

English 326 African American Literature

English 333 William Faulkner

English 450 Senior Seminar

Research

“Two Rotten Tricks: War and Sex in Soldiers’ Pay.” Mississippi Quarterly. 73.1. 2021.

“‘Through a Piece of Colored Glass’: Race, Voice, and Mediation in Faulkner’s Flags in the Dust and The Sound and the Fury. Modern Fiction Studies. 65.3. 2019. 411-438.

“Trashing Sanctuary.” Faulkner & Print Culture. Ed. Jay Watson, Jamie Harker, and James G. Thomas, Jr. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2017. 3-14.

“Hurt So Bad: The Crisis of Female Embodiment in William Faulkner’s Mosquitoes.” The Faulkner Journal 29.2 (2015): 27-47.

“Modern Sexualities.” William Faulkner in Context. Ed. John T. Matthews. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 111-118.

“All Mixed Up: Female Sexuality and Race in The Sound and the Fury.” Faulkner’s Sexualities. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2010. 115-130.