Senior Lecturer

Publications

Books

cover of The Myth of Colorblindness, edited by Sarah Turner and Sarah Nilsen The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema, eds. Sarah E. Turner and Sarah Nilsen, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming November 2019
cover of The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial America edited by Sarah Nilsen and Sarah Turner The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial America. Co-edited with Sarah Nilsen. NYU Press 2014.
Work in Progress.  2nd Ed. With Sue Dinitz. Pearson Publishers, August 2001.

Articles and Chapters

“BBFFs: Interracial Friendships in a Post-Racial World." The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial America, NYU Press 2014.
“Disney Does Race: Black BFFS in the New Racial Moment.” Networking Knowledge: Girls in Popular Culture (Special Issue) February 2012.
“Blackness, Bayous and Gumbo: Encoding and Decoding Race in a Colorblind World.” Diversity in Disney Films: Critical Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Disability. Ed. Johnson Cheu. McFarland: 2013.
“Reaganomics, Cocaine, and Race: David Cronenberg’s Off-Kilter America and The Dead Zone.” The Films of Stephen King, Ed. Tony Magistrale, Palgrave Press, 2008.
"Critical Essays: Engaging with the Text and the World Around You" An Introduction to English
Studies: Reading, Writing, and the Study of Texts
. Coeditors Toby Fulwiler and William Stephany. McGraw Hill, 2002.
"Spider Woman's Granddaughter: Autobiographical Writing by Native American Women" MELUS: The Journal of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Winter 1997 v22(4)

 

Awards and Recognition

2018 Faculty Fellow for Service Learning, University of Vermont
2016 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Vermont
2012 Lattie F. Coor Research Assistantship Grant, University of Vermont
2011 Lattie F. Coor Research Assistantship Grant, University of Vermont
2001 University of Vermont Center for Teaching and Leaming "Instructional Learning Grant" to produce the second edition of the common teaching text Work in Progress for Introductory Writing Classes
2001 Department of English, University of Vermont, James and Mary Buckham Grant
2000 University of Vermont Center for Teaching and Learning "Instructional Leaming Grant" to facilitate the development of a common teaching text Work in Progress for Introductory Writing Classes
1994 Graduate Dean's Instructional Excellence Award for Teaching at the Undergraduate Level
1992 Neil Macintyre Prize for Outstanding Graduate Essay: "Manifestations of (An)other Sex: Woolf's Androgynous Vision in Orlando and The Waves"

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature, Colorblind Racism and Post-Racial Ideology, Popular Culture, 20th/21st Century Black Women Writers, Modernism, Composition

Education

  • Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 1995

Contact

Office Location:

306 Old Mill

Office Hours:

Fall 2019: W 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, or by appointment

Courses Taught

  • Epistemology of the Book Club
  • American Literature
  • African-American Women Writers 20th & 21st Century
  • Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature
  • Race and Television
  • Race and Popular Culture
  • Woolf, Faulkner, and Morrison
  • Canon of Toni Morrison
  • Race, Literature, and the Danger of Story (HCOL)
  • The Danger of the Single Story (TAP)
  • Writers, Writing and Toni Morrison (TAP)
  • Intro to Literary Theory
  • Written Expression