I am an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University where I teach all levels of Spanish language and literature, and conduct research on medieval Iberian Literature. I joined the faculty in 2009.
My research engages theories of historical narrative and textual commentary to study the role of language and textual interpretation in the development of a hegemonic Castilian identity from the 13th to 15th centuries. I work primarily on Alfonso X’s General estoria, a history of the world compiled in the 1270s. I have also written on Latin and vernacular humanist historiography, and the Libro de buen amor.
I did a Ph. D. in Spanish Literature at University of Michigan. I have taught at Drew University, SUNY New Paltz and at Michigan State University. I grew up in Chico, California and graduated from Chico High School. I majored in Spanish at the University of California Santa Cruz. I did a junior year abroad with the University of California and University of Illinois program in Barcelona. Lately, I spend my time in Spain in Madrid and Gijón.