I’m a librarian and professor at Northern Michigan University. I used to be a an English professor at a different institution, and have the distinction (?) of having been tenured and promoted to Professor in two different careers.

My research focus is mystery and detective fiction, and I am currently working on a book on libraries, librarians, and information in mystery fiction since 1970.


M. S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.

Ph. D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984. Special Field: American Fiction, 1865-1920.

A. M., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979.

B. A., English and Philosophy, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, 1977.

Other Publications

The Librarian in Rowling’s Harry Potter Series,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.3 (2014): <http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.2197>.

Editor, Theme Issue: Information Literacy and the Detective Novel, Clues: A Journal of Detection 24.1 (Fall 2005).

“Information Ethics in the Detective Novel.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 24.1 (Fall 2005): 18-26.

“A Brief History of Scholarly Study of Detective Fiction, with Particular Attention to the Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association,” Managing the Mystery Collection: From Creation to Consumption, a special issue of Collection Management 29.3/4 (2004): 189-96.

“The Decline of Hilda Adams.” Woman Times Three. Ed. Kathleen Gregory Klein. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 1995. Pp. 129-142.

“The First Six in a Series.” In the Beginning. Ed. Mary Jean DeMarr. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 1995. Pp. 77-90.

“Mary Roberts Rinehart.” Great Women Mystery Writers. Ed. Kathleen Gregory Klein. Greenwood Press, 1994. Pp. 303-07.

“The Story in ‘The Author of “Beltraffio”,’“ Studies in Short Fiction, 24.3 (Summer 1987): 308-309.

“Woman as Termagant in the Towneley Cycle.” Proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association. Volume II. Ed. Mark D. Johnston and Samuel M. Riley. Normal, Illinois: The Graduate School–Illinois State University, 1985. Pp. 154-167.

“Pairing the ‘Classics’ with Detective Fiction.” Illinois English Bulletin 70.2: 18-21.

Blog Posts


Book ’em: Libraries, Librarians, and Information in Mystery and Detective Fiction (book, work in progress)


Popular Culture Association

Association of College and Research Librarians

American Library Association

Michigan Library Association

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