Education: PhD in English Literature, University of Wisconsin- Madison; MA in English Literature, University of Virginia; BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, University of California, San Diego.
Hometown: I grew up on the ridge of a canyon in an area of San Diego called Rancho Santa Maria de los Peñasquitos. The canyon smells of sweet fennel, is abuzz with the sound of rattlesnakes, and is home to the oldest structure in San Diego, a one-room adobe casa built in 1824. My body lives in Iowa, but my soul lives in that canyon.
Favorite Motto: "If you aren't in over your head, how to you know how tall you are?" T.S. Eliot; "Whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you mush have your breakfast." Wilkie Collins, "The Moonstone," 1868.
Hobbies: Visiting historic house museums, reading eighteenth- and nineteenth century British novels, portrait photography, playing basketball, and making mini cheesecakes.
Favorite Food: Mexican
What I love most about my job: Mind-blowing conversations with Communication Consultants about the importance of teaching students, not subjects.
I'm watching: Masterpiece's "Victoria" on PBS