For both personal and political reasons, my interests have always lain at the intersections of identity. I studied representations of immigrant women in my undergraduate work; gendered notions of criminality and class identity in my graduate studies. I will always be interested in those themes: in questions of how identity is shaped, how identity shapes destiny and the limits and possibilities of individual agency.
Over the years I was taught by a long series of strong-minded women who encouraged me in many different ways and to whom I am permanently indebted. After completing a BA and an MA at the University of Melbourne, I completed a Ph.D. in American Women’s History at Cornell University with Professor Mary Beth Norton. I’ve done many different things since then, most of which fall under the rubric of pen-for-hire. At the moment I am working on a number of different projects, including a study on what makes senior business women successful and the history of my female convict ancestors.
I’ve lived in many different places over the years, including Chicago, New York City, Westport, CT (where both The Stepford Wives and Flesh & Wires are set). I currently live in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. I am married without children and my favorite things to do are collect library cards and swim in beautiful water.