Christine is a homebody with a gypsy soul. Born and raised in Maryland, she has the ocean in her blood. She has traveled on four continents. Only three to go!
Christine is happily at work on a forthcoming terrarium book for Roost Books. Her first book, Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism, was reviewed in the London Times Literary Supplement, English Literature in Transition, Victorian Studies, and elsewhere. Researching the book allowed her to tromp over the English moors studying Victorian corsets and working-class activism. Her personal essay, "Diary of a Hen Owner," appeared in 5280 Magazine.
Christine holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and has over a decade of award-winning university teaching and small-group leadership experience. She is passionate about finding beauty in the mundane, and she has a deep drive to bring people together around a shared table. Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the University of Baltimore. She also teaches Ink & Stem workshops and retreats--combining container gardening with contemplative writing--at venues such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Makerie, and the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts.
When not camping or traveling with her husband and two children, you can find Christine whipping up a mess in her tiny kitchen, digging in the garden, shooting photos, or plotting far-fetched travel. And of course, there will always be a stack of books and a cup of black tea nearby. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Christine is an award-winning teacher with over a decade of teaching experience, mainly at the college level.
Before moving to Colorado and starting Ink & Stem, Christine was an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, where she specialized in 18th- and 19th-century British literature, creative nonfiction, and contemporary multicultural fiction. As an academic scholar, she has presented her original research and writing at Yale University, the University of Iowa, the University of Louisiana, CUNY, and various other academic conferences.
Christine earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Delaware, her M.A. in English Literature from The University of Virginia, and an honors B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from Eastern University.
Christine has taught, volunteered, and studied in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Spain--as well as Albania, Egypt, and England--and she speaks fluent Spanish.
This wide range of experience has made her particularly sensitive to the needs of diverse students. Her students tell her she is a warm, nurturing, and enthusiastic teacher.