At Warren Wilson College, I enjoy getting to know my students. I welcome students to visit with me one-on-one outside of class because I like discussing course topics, current events, or campus life with enthusiastic and motivated Wilsonites. My office bustles with conversation, and the walls are covered with books, photos, trinkets, and all sorts of odd stuff. Come by to take a look around. My door is usually open, and you’re welcome to come in and sit for a spell. My research agenda may be all over the map, but it is unified by my interest in how people understand differences between themselves and others. I’m especially curious about how such ideas relate to popular and folk culture. I’ve studied everything from representations of gender in Western media reports about Saigon during the Vietnam War to how white supremacy has affected perceptions of folk musicians. At the moment, I’m studying a media collective that uses film, music, and theater to challenge stereotypes about Appalachia. I’m also doing research to learn more about the incarcerated African Americans who built the railroad tunnels that connected Asheville to the outside world about a century ago, and I’m extremely fascinated by the music these men sang as they worked — and died — carving tunnels through the mountains. In general, I find categories such as gender, race, class, and place endlessly fascinating topics. They inform my research, and they are often central to my classes.