Both my research and teaching reflect my commitment to interdisciplinary studies. Believing that literature cannot be studied in isolation, I focus on the intellectual and historic climate that serves as a background for the literary work. My dissertation, The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-Saxon Myth in the United States, 1770-1954, has led to an interest in the post-colonial literatures of Africa and the Caribbean and to further study of immigrant literature. My preliminary examination in the history of women in the United States continues to provide research interests. I am currently studying the impact on the Eugenics movement on the portrayal of female characters in literature.