I have three main areas of interest. Currently, my research is focused on U.S. popular print culture of the 19th and early-20th-centuries. My publications in this area include The Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924 ( Oxford U.P., in press); ed., U.S. Popular Print Cultu...
I have three main areas of interest. Currently, my research is focused on U.S. popular print culture of the 19th and early-20th-centuries. My publications in this area include The Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924 ( Oxford U.P., in press); ed., U.S. Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920 (Oxford U.P., 2011, as part of their multi-volume series, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture); Selling the Wild West: Popular Western Fiction, 1860 to 1960 (Indiana U.P., 1987); and a number of introductions, chapters, and articles.
I have also worked on public funding of the arts, specifically in terms of the New Deal innovations in 1930s’ America. Two books resulted from that archival research—Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writers’ Project in Massachusetts (U. of Massachusetts P., 2006) and The WPA Guides: Mapping America (U.P. of Mississippi, 1999)—as well as several chapters and articles and contributions to the documentary film Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project (dir. Andrea Kalin, Spark Media, forthcoming 2009).
My third main research area concerns memorializing violence against women, a field in which I have worked collaboratively with academics in other disciplines and frontline workers against violence against women. In an academic-community partnership, five of us formed the Cultural Memory Group (consisting of Sly Castaldi, Ric Knowles, Jodie McConnell, Lisa Schincariol, and myself), and we published Remembering Women Murdered by Men: Memorials across Canada (Sumach P., 2006) as well as several chapters and articles. Our book won a Bronze IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award), Women’s Issues Category; it was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, Women's Issues Category; and it was named “Best Book on Violence against Women” by 2007 Women of Distinction winner (Darlene Lawson, Executive Director of Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Toronto) in Now Magazine.
Editing projects include a special issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies (co-edited with Victoria Lamont) on “Popular Westerns: New Scholarship” (forthcoming 2009) and the “Popular West” section of Updating the Literary West, sponsored by the Western Literature Association (Texas Christian U.P., 1997). From 1991 to 1997, I was coeditor (with Stephen Randall) of the Canadian Review of American Studies.