In addition to numerous publications on Native issues, I have recently branched out into the fields of animal ethics and Critical Animal Studies. The following forthcoming articles are evidence of my latest passion: “A Whale of a Problem: Indigenous Tradition vs. Ecological Taboo,” “‘Their deaths are not elegant’: Animals in Margaret Atwood’s Writings,” and “From Within Fur and Feathers: Animals in Native Life and Literature.” My other fields of teaching and research include creative writing, Canadian Studies, and environmental literature. Writing creative non-fiction for the American Studies Journal blog will be a new challenge which I embrace wholeheartedly.
My teaching and research interests encompass German American history and culture, North American ethnic literatures as well as creative non-fiction. Recent publications include “Facing Apathy in Joyce Carol Oates ‘Death Watch’” and “Constructing Identities and Narrating the Self: Sherman Alexie’s Flight as a Fictional Memoir.” My current project on Amish Studies began with an interview with Ira Wagler on his memoir Growing Up Amish in 2012 and blossomed into an interdisciplinary conference at Leuphana in July 2015. The conference proceedings, The Plain People: Contemporary Perspectives and Future Prospects, are forthcoming and will include my own contribution entitled, “Towards ‘New Memoir:’ Ira Wagler’s Ex-Amish Life Narrative Growing Up Amish.”
Joining the editorial team of the American Studies Blog has helped me to further explore the possibilities of life writing, not only as an academic but also as an avid blogger.
The blog editors are members of the Institute of English Studies and of the Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen (ZeMoS) at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany.