I recently retired after more than twenty-five years of teaching.
Most commonly, I taught the Harry Potter series, Tolkien, medieval literature, and contemporary fantasy.
By training, I am a medievalist, and I am delighted to have more time to read in my field.
I am not at present publishing academic research. My work focused on direct address in medieval and early modern drama. While still in graduate school I founded the Duquesne University Medieval and Renaissance Players, a troupe dedicated to producing early drama. The group still exists and performs. In June 2015, my medieval drama class performed a play for the Festival of Early Drama and we were thrilled to find ourselves rubbing elbows with my former production troop.
I also published and presented on Tolkien, Harry Potter, and memes as literary criticism.
My large-scale projects at UMD included the Mithril Turtle, six week, twenty-odd event series commemorating the 60th anniversary of Lord of the Rings.