Degree and Year:
Professor of English
University of Southern Maine
Professional Background:I am the author of Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie (Bloomsbury), The Dissolution of Place: Architecture, Identity, and the Body (Routledge), and The Aesthetics of Self-Invention: Oscar Wilde to David Bowie (University of Minnesota Press); the co-author of Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World (Duke University Press); and the editor of The Seventies: The Age of Glitter in Popular Culture (Routledge). My next book is entitled The Space of Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Design in the Intermedial Twenty-First Century (Bloomsbury).
How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?:When I attended Duke, I benefitted from the freedom that we were given to pursue our own interests, which nurtured my work in interdisciplinary studies. I also learned a great deal from the many speakers that the English Department and the Program in Literature brought to campus and the chance to interact with them.