Background & InterestsAs an interdisciplinary scholar with an interest in the concept of autonomy, I research how communitarian approaches to identity can enrich our understanding of American culture and refine our assumptions about creative and political individualism. My teaching interests are in normative and applied ethics and in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. I have a B.A. in philosophy from Marlboro College, an M.A. in English from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in American Studies, also from William and Mary.