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I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where I'm also affiliated with the Gender Studies program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience. 

My new book, Political Disappointment: A Cultural History from Reconstruction to the AIDS Crisis, is now available from Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 

My previous book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Harper Perennial, 2010), was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing and has been published in Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese.

I'm also an associate editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. My essays and criticism on literature, music, sound, and art have appeared in publications including Artforum, Bookforum, Dissent, the LA Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, Public Books, and Texte zur Kunst.

I hold a Ph.D. in English and Interdisciplinary Humanities from Princeton and an MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from Columbia.