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LAURA E. SKANDERA TROMBLEY

  • Advisor to The Board of Trustees of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • Professor of the Practice of English in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California
  • Consultant to the Libra Foundation and the Schiff Foundation
  • Phone 909 630-6834 – Email: Laura.Trombley@usc.edu

EDUCATION

  • PhD, English, University of Southern California, 1989
  • MA, English, Pepperdine University, Summa  CumLaude,1983
  • BA, English/Humanities, Pepperdine University, 1981

HONORARY DEGREES, TITLES AND APPOINTMENTS

  • Appointed to The Rhodes Trust, Chair, District 16 Committee of Selection for the Rhodes Scholarships, March 2017
  • Recipient of the Lou Budd Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Mark Twain Studies, 2017
  • Chair, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, 2015-2016
  • Emerita Trustee, Pitzer College Board of Trustees, 2015-Present
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Pepperdine University, 2013
  • First Thomas Nast Gastprofessorin, University of Koblenz-Landau, 2013

SUMMARY OF ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

PRESIDENT, THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

2015 to 2017

Chief executive officer of The Huntington, a collections-based research and educational institution with a staff of approximately 450, an annual budget of $50 million and an endowment of approximately $450 million. Year-end balanced budget; lowered spending rate to a new low of 4.9%. Negotiated a new food vendor contract worth baseline 25 million over 10 years, a 14 million increase over past contract. Increased open hours by 130% contributing to a budget surplus. Ended first year with a 3.6 million surplus, a record amount. Set new records for attendance and membership, nearly 760,000 annual visitors and approximately 40,000 family memberships.

Significant accomplishments include: Hired the institution’s first Vice President for Information Technology and Vice President for Facilities.  In first year raised 39.4 million dollars, a 10 million increase over the previous year; in second year on track to raise 40 million dollars. Received a million-dollar endowment for art exhibitions; a 250,000 grant from Bank of America for the refurbishment of Blue Boy; 12 million dollars to complete funding for the Chinese Garden, a 20-year project; 100,000 seed-funding for first Director of Sustainability; 2.5 million gift for the Director of Research home.

Created the first institutional dashboard; completed an RFP for insurance, lowering rates and increasing coverage; created The Huntington Channel to archive videos and web casts for the public; organized first institutional sustainability summit; created the Out of the Vault Series, to heighten profile in the southern California region; Instituted San Marino Day at The Huntington, enthusiastically embraced by the city; instituted annual staff recognition awards. Negotiated a new agreement between The Huntington and USC for The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) and USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI); exhibited NASA’s JPL Orbit Pavilion to outstanding attendance and reviews; secured a future exhibition of the Hamilton/Burr pistols, due Fall 2017. Completed the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, a $10.3 million expansion to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art designed by Frederick Fisher, along with a major contribution of their collection; retrofitted newly constructed auditorium for filming and webcasts; renovated the Rose Garden Tea Room.

 

PRESIDENT, PITZER COLLEGE, A Member of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

2002 to 2015

Chief executive officer of Pitzer, a college that has been the national leader in Fulbright Fellowships and has risen 38 spots in U.S.News & World Report rankings—the largest increase ever by any liberal arts college. Overall responsibility for the 1,200-student College with an operating budget of $55 million and an endowment of approximately $134 million. Served for two terms as chair of the President’s Council of the Claremont Colleges, the cooperative governance body of the Claremont University Consortium, which includes presidents of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate universities. During the 2008 recession all endowment spending ceased—the only U.S. institution to do so—all faculty and staff positions were retained and all employees received pay increases. Faculty compensation moved to the 90th percentile as reported in AAUP and the lowest worker compensation increased to 10% above the living wage for Los Angeles County.

Significant accomplishments include orchestrating financial stability: an annual balanced budget, three successfully completed fundraising campaigns totaling over $123 million, endowment increased by more than 211%, annual fund totals strengthened by approximately 80%. Building reputation and awareness: the College rose from #70 to #32 in U.S.News & World Report rankings, transformed Pitzer into one of the 20 most selective colleges in the country, lowered the admit rate to 12.9% (Class of 2018), a 76% improvement since 2001. Planning: completed two tactical 5-year plans for the college, developed an academic strategic plan, and created a master plan for facilities and growth. Established the Office for Institutional Research and published an annual institutional dashboard. Diversity: staff administrators increased to 46% ethnic minorities, 68% female; student body increased to 50% identifying as nonwhite; faculty increased to 51% female, 31% ethnic minorities. Retention: freshman increased from 84% to 95%, seniors increased from 71% to 81%; 4-year graduation rate increased from 67% to 83%. Average total student debt: decreased total debt for graduates by 14% to $18,030 during a time when the national average saw a year-to-year average 9.5% increase. Sustainability Initiatives: oversaw environmentally sustainable campus master planning, acquired additional acreage resulting in a 526% increase with 90% dedicated to environmental programming, built eight LEED-certified buildings (total budget $70 million, on time and under budget), 50% decrease in campus water usage, and renovated the majority of campus buildings for greater energy savings.

Pitzer became the highest producer of Fulbright awardees among all U.S. liberal arts colleges per 1,000 students for 11 out of 12 years, and from 2010-2015 Pitzer was the top institution for total Fulbright Fellowships among all U.S. colleges. Expanded and enhanced the academic program: total tenure track faculty increased 39% and student/faculty ratio improved 29% (14:1 to 10:1). 58 new domestic and international exchange programs developed and Pitzer became the first and only liberal arts college to create an exchange with the country of Bhutan. Founded the Vaccine Development Institute in partnership with the University of Botswana, founded the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica, founded The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College, founded the Monroe Center for Social Inquiry, and established the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study.

VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS/DEAN OF FACULTY, COE COLLEGE, Cedar Rapids, IA

1997 to 2002

Significant accomplishments included: (1) building reputation and awareness nationally by advancing the institution from the fourth to the second tier in U.S.News & World Report; (2) expanding and improving the academic program by creating a mandatory four-year co-curricular program (The Coe Plan) of real life applications for a liberal arts education and providing leadership to internationalize the curriculum; (3) increasing student retention by 10%; (4) reorganizing the long-range planning process by institutionalizing an assessment process that reviewed each academic program and established a standing assessment committee; (5) providing leadership for establishing a technology-driven liberal arts environment on campus including development of a web-based interdisciplinary statistics program involving the departments of biology, mathematics, sociology and economics.

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND ASSISTANT PROVOST, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT POTSDAM, Potsdam, NY     

1995 to 1997

Significant accomplishments included: authoring policy for faculty search procedures and creating new guidelines for tenure and promotion, and serving as Supervisor for the Office of Faculty Scholarship and Grants. Additional positions held: Affirmative Action Officer; Director of Teaching, Tenure, and Promotion Assistance Program; and representative to the SUNY Women’s Studies Council.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Association of Governing Boards, Seminar for Presidents and Board Chairs, 2005
  • Harvard University, Seminar for New Presidents,  2002
  • Harvard University, Institute for Educational Management, 1999
  • Cornell University, Administrative Management Institute, 1993

ADMINISTRATIVE HONORS, GRANTS, AWARDS

  • Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and keynote speaker at 70th Anniversary events in Berlin, Helsinki, Jerusalem, and the State Department in Washington, DC, 2016.
  • Judge, 4Humanities “Shout Out For the Humanities,” student prize contest. 4Humanities is an advocacy initiative for the humanities, March 2016.
  • C-Suite Quarterly (CSQ) Magazine, Visionaries in Philanthropy, Art & Culture Award, November 2015.
  • Janet Z. Giele Award, 3rd Annual Conference on Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance, sponsored by Pepperdine University, March 2015.
  • Vice Chair, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, elected 2014-2015.
  • Member, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Executive Committee, 2014-2017.
  • Member, Project Pericles Presidents’ Council Executive Committee, 2008-2015.
  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster, 2004-2014.
  • “Seasoned President Grant” recipient from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2010.
  • CEO Leadership Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VII, 2008.
  • Member, International Committee of the International Association of University Professors of English, 2007-2008.
  • Member, Pacific Council on International Policy, 2001-2007.
  • “New President Grant” recipient from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2003.
  • Accomplished Alumna Award, Pepperdine University, 2002.
  • Dorothy A. Trux Award for an Emerging Professional Administrator, National Association for Women in Education, 1997.
  • National Learning Communities Dissemination Project. Funded by the Comprehensive Program of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. 1997-1999.
  • New York State Progress in Equity Award, American Association of University Women, 1996.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Boundaries and Borderlands: The Search for Recognition and Community in America.” American Commitments. Project #3: Curriculum and Faculty Development Network. Sponsored by Association of American Colleges and Universities. 1994.
  • Leadership Opportunity in Science and Humanities Education. Funded group: “The Adirondacks: An Interdisciplinary Coordinated Studies Program in Environmental Studies.” Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, and the National Science Foundation. 1993-1994.
  • American Commitments: Initiatives on Diversity, Democracy, and Liberal Learning. Funded group: “Social Justice.” Association of American Colleges and Universities. Funded by the Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. 1993-1994.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATION IN AND BY THE MEDIA   Authored pieces re: humanities

  • “In Face of Terror, Humanities Education More Important Than Ever,” Op-Ed, Los Angeles Daily News, November 25, 2015.
  • “The Enduring Power of the Humanities.” The Huffington Post, March 2, 2015.
  • “George Soros, Carly Fiorina, Albert Schweitzer: Liberal Arts Slackers.” The Huffington Post,   October 17, 2013.

Authored pieces re: trusteeship, higher education

  • “It’s Liberal Arts College Party Time!” The Huffington Post, December 14, 2011.
  • “Making Metrics Matter: How to Use Indicators to Govern Effectively.” Trusteeship, January/February 2011.
  • “What Can Be Done to Diversify Executive Suites?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 28, 2007.
  • “The Care and Feeding of Presidents.” Change Magazine, July/August 2007.
  • “Building a Better Trustee.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Section: The Chronicle Review. May 11, 2007.
  • “Got Disaster Plan-Or is ‘Somebody’ Coming to Help.” Inland Valley Daily Bulletin,               September 17, 2005.
  • “Which Is an Exercise in Futility: the SAT, ‘Survivor’ or All of the Above?” Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2004.
  • “Supporting the Faculty is Emotionally Fulfilling, Fiscally Sound.” Women in Higher Education, March 2002, 11.3: 10-11.
  • Educational Technology. Guest editor of a special edition, “Knowing the Web,” featuring Randy Bass, Jeremy Shapiro, Stephen Ehrmann, and Arthur Chickering. Fall 2001.
  • “No Longer Conveyor but Creator: Developing an Epistemology of the World Wide Web.” Educational Technology, Fall 2001, 41.5: 7-11.
  • “Surfing the Matrix: Re-envisioning the Web as Knowledge.” Matrix Magazine, November/December 2000: 23-25.

Authored pieces re: work/life balance

  • “13 Years of a College Presidency.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2015.
  • “What’s in a Name?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 24, 2014.
  • “Huck Finn Is Everywhere.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2010.
  • “The Night I Almost Died.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Section: Point of View. August 15, 2008.
  • “Motherly Advice: One College President’s Vision for Guiding Her Son Through the College Selection Process.” University Business, December 2006.
  • “Labor Pains.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Section: The Chronicle Review. September 5, 2003: B12-13.

Interviews in television, radio, print re: higher education

  • “In Full Bloom: After a successful tenure at Pitzer College, Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley takes the helm at the Huntington, and sets her sights on making this local asset a global gift.” Pasadena Magazine, April 2015.
  • “Getting to know the new president of The Huntington.” AirTalk with Larry Mantle of 89.3 KPCC Radio. Air date: January 8, 2015.
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” USC News, December 22, 2014.
  • “Laura Skandera Trombley is named new president of Huntington Library.” Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2014.
  • “Huntington Library picks Pitzer College president as next chief.” Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2014.
  • “Higher Education—What Is Its Future?” Panel interview with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block; USC President C. L. Max Nikias; California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott. AirTalk with Larry Mantle of 89.3 KPCC Radio. Air date: January 12, 2012. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/larry-mantle/2012/01/12/4250/airtalks-higher-education-summit/
  • “Pitzer College in California Adds Major in Secularism.” The New York Times, May 7, 2011.
  • Guest on Big Ideas for a Small Planet on the Sundance Channel. Episode: “Gen Y.” Air date: April 22, 2008.
  • Guest on Living with Ed featuring Ed Begley, Jr. on HGTV. Episode: “Green Man on Campus.” Air date: September 24, 2007.
  • Guest on NPR Boston “On Point” to comment on newly released book Finn by Jon Clinch. May 9, 2007.
  • “For Claremont’s Female Presidents, ‘It’s Not Lonely at the Top.’” Lawrence Biemiller. The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 28, 2011.
  • “A Tale of 2 Chickens, a President, and Her Mother.” Lawrence Biemiller. The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 10, 2011.
  • “A Surprising Landscape at Pitzer.” Nan Sterman. Pacific Horticulture, April/May/June 2010.
  • “The Endless School Year.” Laura Pappano. The New York Times, “Education Life,” July 27, 2008.
  • “Robert Redford’s green streak runs deep.” Tina Daunt. Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2008.
  • “Finding the Balance: Laura Trombley.” Hannah Clark. Forbes.com, March 19, 2007.
  • “Leading a College with a Conscience: Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College,” as one of five “Rising Star” profiles. Tim Goral. University Business, November 2006.
  • “Women Who Count.” Patricia Barnes. Inland Empire Magazine, June 2005: 72-76.

Reviews, Profiles, Mentions

  • “Enhancing the Academic Environment.” DDC Journal, Summer 2011.
  • Larry Gordon, “Mixed-gender Dorm Rooms are Gaining Acceptance.” Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2010.
  • Laura Pappano, “The Endless School Year.” The New York Times, “Education Life,” July 27, 2008.
  • Lawrence Biemiller, “To College Employees, the Work Environment is All-Important.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2008.
  • Tina Daunt, “Robert Redford’s green streak runs deep.” Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2008.
  • NPR Boston guest for “On Point” to comment on newly released book Finn by Jon Clinch. May 9, 2007.
  • Tanya Schevitz, “Small Colleges Raise the Bar on Admissions.” San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2007.
  • Hannah Clark, “Finding the Balance: Laura Trombley.” Forbes.com, March 19, 2007.
  • Tim Goral, “Leading a College with a Conscience: Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College,” as one of five “Rising Star” profiles. University Business, November 2006.
  • Patricia Barnes, “Women Who Count.” Inland Empire Magazine, June 2005: 72-76.
  • “College to Test Policy of Making SAT Optional.  Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2003.
  • “President-Elect Named for Pitzer College.” Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2001.
  • “’Electronic Portfolios’ Help Students Show Off Their Accomplishments—and Acquire a Valuable Skill.” Kiva, http://www.careerserviceskiva.com. October 1999: 1, 2.
  • “Stark White Papers: Those Were the Days.” The New York Times, “Education Life,” November 1, 1998.
  • “Digital Portfolio Can Help Manage Career.” Chicago Sun-Times, September 20, 1998: 3C.
  • “A Digital Portfolio is a Smart Career Management Tool.” Des Moines Sunday Register, September 13, 1998.
  • “Use Digital Portfolio as Career Management Tool.” Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1998: Sec 2, 11.
  • “Coe College Set to Require Students to Maintain Web Pages.” Instructional Technology in Post-Secondary Institutions, July 21, 1998: 7.
  • “A New Face at Coe.” The Gazette, October 29, 1997: 1,3.
  • Scott Bronstein, “450 Students in Potsdam for College’s ‘Winterim’.” Watertown Daily Times, December 26, 1995.
  • Maureen Piche, “Women’s Group Lauds SUNY Program.” Courier Observer, August 5, 1995.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE AND PUBLIC PANEL PARTICIPATION 

Keynote/Featured Speaker or Session Chair

  • Grinnel College Speaker.  “Issues of Sustainability in College Planning and  Process.” Grinnell, Iowa. November 6-7, 2017
  • The Jonathan Club. Speaker. “The Huntington More Than Ever.” Los Angeles, CA. August 2, 2016.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. 60th Anniversary Gala of the United States– Israel Educational Foundation. Keynote Address. Jerusalem, Israel. June 28, 2016.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Keynote Address. “Crossing Borders for Global Partnerships.” Helsinki, Finland. June 20, 2016.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Quarterly Meeting. Chair’s Remarks. Washington, D.C. May 12, 2016.
  • San Marino Day. Speaker. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA. April 5, 2016.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Keynote Address. “A Call to Strengthen Fulbright: Cornerstone of the Transatlantic Relationship.” Berlin, Germany. March 21, 2016.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Quarterly Meeting. Chair’s Remarks. Washington, D.C. November 12, 2015.
  • TEDxFulbright. Host. “Fights Worth Fighting.” Santa Monica, CA. September 26, 2015.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Quarterly Meeting. Chair’s Remarks. Washington, D.C. September 10, 2015.
  • WISPPA – Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action. Featured Speaker. June 22, 2015.
  • Pasadena Magazine’s Women in Business Luncheon. Featured Speaker. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA. April 29, 2015.
  • Union College Founders Day Celebration. Keynote Address. “The Enduring Power of the Humanities.” Schenectady, NY. February 26, 2015.
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Featured Speaker. “CSAOs and the College President: What is this relationship?” Long Beach, CA. January 19, 2015.
  • Education USA Webchat. Featured Speaker. “A President’s Perspective on Liberal Arts Education.” Sponsored by the US Fulbright Program. Beijing, China. April 9, 2014.
  • TEDxFulbright. Featured Speaker.“ Servus! Lessons Learned in Presidential Leadership the Bavarian Way.” Washington DC. April 5, 2014.
  • Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) President’s Retreat. Introduction of Pitzer Alumnus and California State Senator Kevin de León, recipient of 2013 AICCU’s Policymaker of the Year award. Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. October 24, 2013.
  • 36th Annual Fulbright Association Conference. Featured Speaker. “The Relevance of a Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century Economy.” Washington DC. October 4, 2013.
  • Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Commencement Address. Malibu, CA. May 18, 2013.
  • William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the University of Chicago. Moderator. “Fulbright 2.0 – e-Learning, MOOCs, OERs and the Future: What Does New Technology Mean for Global Education?” Chicago, IL. May 6, 2013.
  • Association of Governing Boards (AGB) National Conference on Trusteeship. Featured Speaker. “Using Metrics Effectively.” San Francisco, CA. April 21, 2013.
  • AGB National Conference on Trusteeship. Featured Speaker. “Using Metrics and Dashboard Indicators for Board Decision-Making.” Washington DC. April 24, 2012.
  • AGB Council of Presidents. Speaker. “Common Core Standards.” Washington DC. November 7, 2011.
  • Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference. Speaker. “Pitzer’s Institute for Global/Local Action and Study.” Madrid, Spain. January 27, 2011.
  • Town Hall Los Angeles. Featured Speaker. “The Tipping Point: Measuring the Quality of a Liberal Arts College Education.” Los Angeles, CA. June 30, 2005.
  • Invited participant in the Teagle Foundation’s first Virtual Listening, an informal electronic discussion focused on what the work of “value added assessment” might mean for the discipline of English. April 15, 2005.
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VII Conference. Keynote speaker. “Our Mandate is to Change the Universe: Advancement in the 21st Century.” San Francisco, CA. December 5, 2004.
  • American Council of Academic Deans California Regional. Keynote speaker. “Reduced            Expectations: A Mixed Message for Future Generations.” Pepperdine University,            Malibu, CA. October 28, 2004.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. Featured Session, Chair and Speaker. 
“No Longer Conveyor but Creator: Developing an Epistemology of the Web.” New Orleans, LA. January 19, 2001.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. Chair and Speaker. “Pedagogy and Practice: Information Literacy as the Fourth Liberal Art.” New Orleans, LA. January 20, 2001.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. Poster Session Organizer. “The Coe College First-Year Student Web Page.” New Orleans, LA. January 20, 2001.
  • American Association for Higher Education Conference on Faculty Roles and Rewards. Chair and Speaker. “Year in Three Months: Chief Academic Officers and the World Wide Web.” New Orleans, LA. February 3, 2000.
  • Modern Language Association. Chair. “Career Paths at Small Liberal Arts Colleges: A Road Less Traveled?” Chicago, IL. December 29, 1999.
  • 10th Annual Women in Higher Education International Conference. Featured Speaker. “The Teaching, Continuing Appointment, Promotion Program at SUNY.” Fort Worth, TX. January 5, 1997.

 

Invited Panelist, Participant, Discussant, Moderator

  • USC Own It Summit. “Inspiring the Next Generation of Women.” Panelist. September 24, 2016.
  • CSQ Los Angeles Visionaries Summit. “LA’s Cultural Revolution.” Panelist. Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. September 20, 2016.
  • Center for Women in Leadership. Panelist. Pepperdine University. March 7, 2016.
  • Bresee Foundation. “I Believe in Her.” Panelist. Pasadena, CA. March 5, 2016.
  • White House Fellows Program, Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Participant. Rancho Mirage, CA. November 16, 2015.
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. “Almost Paradise: Sustainability, Power and Politics in LA.” Panelist. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. April 19, 2015.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Liberal Arts Colleges New Presidents Meeting. Participant. New York, NY. March 19, 2015.
  • Global Forum on Higher Education and Democratic Innovation. Moderator of a small group discussion session. Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 26, 2014.
  • American Council on Education. “What Presidents Think: The Inside Higher Ed/Gallup Survey of College CEOs.” Panelist. San Diego, CA. March 11, 2014.
  • The White House. “College Opportunity Summit.” Participant. Washington DC. January 16, 2014.
  • American Council on Education Advancing Women’s Leadership Conference, “Leading in a Consortium: Claremont Women’s Presidents.” Panelist. La Verne, CA. February 14, 2013.
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. “Egos, Money and Power: How Higher Education’s Leadership and Governance Paradigm Limits Sustainability—And How to Transform That Culture.” Discussant. Los Angeles, CA. October 16, 2012.
  • Robert Redford Summit on Greening America’s Schools held at Sundance Institute. Discussant. Sundance, UT. November 8, 2010.
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. Presidential panel regarding sustainability initiatives and foundation funding. Atlanta, GA. February 5-6, 2009.
  • Leadership Coalition, Bringing Theory to Practice Project. Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Participant.  Washington DC. November 10-11, 2008.
  • Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. Participant. 2008.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education/New York Times Higher Education Cabinet. Participant. New York, NY. September 15, 2008.
  • Member of College President Delegation, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, chaired by US Representative Edward Mackey (D-Massachusetts). Washington DC.  June 12, 2007.
  • The Chronicle Presidents Forum. Panelist. Washington DC. June 2007.
  • TIAA-CREF Conference on Transformational Change in Higher Education. “Strengthening the Academic Presidency: Recommendations for Presidents and Governing Boards.” Panelist. New York, NY. November 2, 2006.
  • Council of Independent Colleges President’s Institute. “Effective Practices in Working with Trustees.” Panelist. Naples, FL. January 7, 2006.
  • American Conference of Academic Deans/Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. “The Dean in Transition to a Presidency.” Panelist. Seattle, WA. January 22, 2003.
  • Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Summer Institute (SENCER). Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. One of 29 institutions selected. Santa Clara University, CA. June 2001.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. A National Forum on Health and Higher Education: “Student Power, Campus Pathologies, and the Challenge of Connected Learning.” Participant. Washington DC. January 25, 2001.
  • American Conference of Academic Deans/Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. “Valuing and Building Faculty Support.” Panelist. Washington DC. January 24, 2001.
  • Faculty and Curriculum Development Seminar on Japan. Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. One of 12 institutions selected, Skidmore College, NY. 2000.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. Washington “When Worlds Collide: Student Life and Academic Affairs.” Panelist. DC. January 21, 1999.
  • Rethinking the Humanities Conference, Associated Colleges of the Midwest. “The Role of the Humanities in the Liberal Arts.” Panelist. Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. March 20, 1999.
  • Northeast MLA. “Administrators, Breast Pumps and Babies: Oh My!” Panelist. Philadelphia, PA. April 5, 1997.
  • Association for Higher Education Conference on Faculty Roles and Rewards. “Programs That Work: New Initiatives for Faculty in the Tenure Process.” Panelist. San Diego, CA. January 18, 1996.
  • Delegation Member, US/China Joint Conference on Women’s Issues. Florence Howe, Director. In conjunction with the Citizen Ambassador Program. Beijing, China. August 24-September 2, 1995.
  • “Learning Communities, General Education, and Regional Association for General and Liberal Studies Conference. Studies.” Participant. Savannah, GA. October 29, 1994.
  • Association for General and Liberal Studies Conference. “Creating Learning Communities: Triumphs and Challenges of Mainstreaming in a Traditional Four-Year College.” Panelist. Memphis, TN. October 14, 1993.

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND CONSULTANCIES

  • Member, Council of Presidents, Association of Governing Boards, 2006-2015
  • Board Member, Claremont University Consortium, 2002-2015
  • Chair, Council of Presidents of the Claremont Colleges, 2011-2012 and 2005-2006
  • Board Member, Pasadena Independent Schools Foundation, 2009-2012
  • Board Member, The Webb Schools, 2009-2012
  • Consultant-Evaluator, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 2008
  • Vice Chair, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 2006-2007
  • Commissioner, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 2004-2007
  • Board Member, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board, 2004-2006
  • Consultant-Evaluator, North Central Association, 2000-2003
  • Board Member, American Conference of Academic Deans, 2001-2002
  • Institutional Representation NY State Association Women in Higher Education, 1994-1997

 

SCHOLARLY BOARD SERVICE AND ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • Editorial Board, The Mark Twain Annual, 2003-17
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 1998-present
  • Mark Twain Circle of America, 1987-present
  • Editorial Board, Studies in American Humor, 1993-2002, 2016
  • Annapolis Group, 2002-2015
  • National Council for Research on Women, 2011-2015
  • International Association of University Professors of English, 1998-2010
  • Modern Language Association of America, American Literature Section, 1987-2010
  • American Council on Education Mentor, 2008
  • Organization of Women Executives, 2002-2006
  • International Association of University Presidents, 2002-2004
  • American Editorial Board, Modern Language Studies, 2001-2004
  • Conference of Academic Deans, 1997-2002
  • President, Mark Twain Circle of America, 2000-2002
  • American Association of University Women 1992-2002
  • Associated Colleges of the Midwest Deans Group, 1997-2002
  • Annapolis Dean’s Group, 1997-2002
  • Vice President, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1998-2000
  • Executive Committee, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1996-1999
  • American Council on Education Mentor, Spring 1999
  • Executive Coordinator, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1994-1998
  • Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association, 1994-1997
  • Assistant Treasurer/Secretary, American Humor Studies Association, 1994-1995

 

CIVIC BOARD SERVICE AND ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chief Executive Organization, Board Member 2017
  • Chief Executive Organization Member 2012-present
  • The Southern California Forum of The Trusteeship of the International Women’s Forum, 2002-           present
  • Rotary International Member, 2004-present
  • San Marino Rotary, 2017-present
  • Twilight Club, 2016-present
  • Zamorano Club, 2016-present
  • San Marino Chinese Club, 2015-present
  • San Marino City Club, 2015-present
  • Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 2015
  • Young Presidents Organization, San Gabriel Valley, 2004-2010
  • Board Member, Linn County Historical Society Board, 2000-2001
  • Board Member, Foster Care Review Board, Linn County, 2000-2001

 

SUMMARY OF ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Positions Held

2015-present  Professor of the Practice of English in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California

2002-2015 Professor of English and World Literature Field Group, Pitzer College

1997-2002 Professor of English, Coe College

1993-1997 Associate Professor, Department of English, SUNY Potsdam

1990-1992 Assistant Professor, Department of English, SUNY Potsdam

1988-1990 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Pepperdine University

1987-1988 Lektorin, American Studies, Universitaet Eichstaett

1985-1987 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, American Studies, Universitaet Eichstaett

1983-1985 1987 Assistant Lecturer, Writing Program, University of Southern California

Courses Taught

  • University of Southern California. 19th Century Literature and Libation. Autobiography in the Age of the Selfie. Spring 2018.
  • Pitzer College. The Gilded Age with Professor Stuart McConnell. Fall 2011.
  • Pitzer College. The Great Depression 1929-1941 with Professor Stuart McConnell. Fall 2009.
  • Pitzer College. Victorian America, 1870-1900 with Professor Stuart McConnell. Fall 2006.
  • Pitzer College. Twain and Biography. Senior Seminar. English and World Literature Field Group. Spring 2004.
  • SUNY Potsdam. Interdisciplinary cluster: “Hard Rock, Huck Finn, and Folklore” (literature); “Adirondack” Learning Community (writing and computer); “Becoming American” Learning Community (literature); Chinese-American Women Writers; 19th Century Women’s Short Stories; African American Literature; Great Depression Literature; Female Image; Mark Twain; 20th Century American Poetry; Turn-of-the-Century Novel; Intermediate Writing; First-Year Composition (computer driven course). 1990-1995.
  • Pepperdine University. Women’s Studies: American Women Writers, Composition 101, Introduction to Literature. 1988-1990.
  • Universitaet Eichstaett. Courses: Historical Survey of the United States, Women’s History of the United States, German-English Translation, Composition. 1987-1988.
  • University of Southern California. Writing Program: Program Coordinator and Orientation Leader for Writing Program. Writing Center Specialist for ESL students. Taught Composition 101 and Introduction to Literature.  Participated in professional conferences addressing revision, ESL, and skills targeting. 1983-1985, 1987.
  • Universitaet Eichstaett. Courses: American Women Writers, Twentieth Century American Poetry
  • Survey, Classics of American Literature Survey, Contemporary American Literature. 1985-1986.
  • Cerritos Community College. Basic Writing and Introduction to Composition. 1985.
  • University of Southern California. Writing Program: Summer writing program, targeting Upward Bound students. 1985.
  • University of Southern California. Special Project Literacy Spike in conjunction with California Conservation Corps. Pilot program designed to integrate school instruction in corps members’ lives. 1983.

Dissertation

The Charmed Circle: Mark Twain, Women, and the Integration of Imagination. Director: Jay Martin. Readers: Max Schulz, Alan Gribben, and Eunice Howe. University of Southern California, 1989.

Honors, Grants, Fellowships, Discovery

  • Quarry Farm Scholar-in-Residence, May-June 2015
  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination submitted by Alfred Knopf for Mark Twain’s Other Woman. 2010.
  • White House America Authors Symposium, “Mark Twain.” November 29, 2001.
  • Humanities Iowa grant, “Mark Twain Symposium.” Fall 2001.
  • Humanities scholar, Humanities Iowa Grant, “This Old Digital City.” Created a virtual reality environment of turn-of-the-century Cedar Rapids. Project headed by the Cedar Rapids History Center. 2000.
  • Choice selected Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook as one of the outstanding academic books of 1997 (text contributed).
  • Choice selected Mark Twain in the Company of Women as one of the outstanding academic books of 1995.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. Project, “The Woman Who Loved Mark Twain: The Private Writings of Isabel Lyon.” 1994.
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, SUNY Potsdam. 1993-1994.
  • Research/Creative Endeavors Grant, SUNY Potsdam. 1992-1993/1993-1994.
  • UUP Continuing Faculty Development Award, SUNY Potsdam. 1993.
  • UUP New Faculty Development Award, SUNY Potsdam. 1991.
  • Faculty-Undergraduate Research Award, SUNY Potsdam. 1991/1993.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar participant: The History of American Women through Social Movements. 1990.
  • Quarry Farm Fellow-in-Residence. 1989.
  • Lester and Irene Finkelstein Fellow for Outstanding Humanities Student, USC. 1988-89.
  • Virginia Barbara Middleton Scholarship, USC. 1987-88.
  • Subject of a featured essay in Los Angeles Times Magazine about an extraordinary literary find. In 1986, discovered the largest cache of Mark Twain letters to date, 100 in total, and the article detailed the mystery and find, which solved questions concerning their whereabouts for the past 77 years. (Diane Swanbrow. “The Lost Legacy of Mark Twain.” 10 May 1987: 16-19, 32.)
  • “Integrating International and Intercultural Content into Basic Education and Foreign Language Courses Committee.” Assignment-generating program targeted at First-Year Writing ESL students. Mellon Grant. University Southern California. 1984-1985.
  • English Department Graduate Student Scholarship, USC. 1984-85.
  • English Department Graduate Student Scholarship, Pepperdine University. 1982-83.

Books

  • Mark Twain’s Other Woman. New York: Alfred Knopf. 2010. Paperback edition of Mark Twain’s Other Woman. New York: Alfred Knopf, 2011.
  • Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship. Co-editor with Michael Kiskis. Columbia University of Missouri Press, 2001.
  • Critical Essays on Maxine Hong Kingston. Editor. New York: G.K. Hall, 1998.
  • Mark Twain in the Company of Women. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994. Paperback edition of Mark Twain in the Company of Women. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.
  • Epistemology: Turning Points in the History of Poetic Knowledge. Co-editor Roland Hagenbuechle. Regensburg: Fredrich Pustat, 1986.

Media – Television/Radio/Film/CD

  • Featured in “Dreamland: Mark Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem,” Indigo Films. Premier September 2017. https://vimeo.com/197427576
  • Interview. SWR German Public Radio Southwest. Landau, Germany. June 20, 2013.
  • “Writing Creative Lives.” Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. April 21, 2012.
  • “Bringing Icons to Life: Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth and Mark Twain.” Tucson Festival of Books. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. March 11, 2012.
  • “Emerging from the Shadows: Women in the Lives of Wilson, Jefferson & Twain.” Tucson Festival of Books. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. March 10, 2012. http://c-spanvideo.org/program/WilsonJ
  • “Writing Creative Lives.” Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. April 30, 2011.
  • “Cultural Censorship with Claes Andreasson.” Swedish National Public Radio, February 24, 2011.
  • “The Mark Twain Autobiography: His Greatest Hit?” Mornings with Alex Sloan of ABC Canberra Radio, December 1, 2010.
  • “Connie Martinson Talks Books.” June 10, 2010.
  • “’A Dish Best Served Cold’—Twain Making His Mark 100 Years On.” Breakfast with Ross Solly. May 24, 2010.
  • “Overnight America with Jon Grayson.” May 24, 2010.
  • “Pitzer College President Tells Little-Known Story of Mark Twain Mystery Woman.” KPCC 89.3, April 30, 2010.
  • “Twain’s Twilight Years.” On Point with Tom Ashbrook. April 12, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” The Leonard Lopate Show. April 8, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain’s Other Woman. The Tim Ezell Show. March 30, 2010.
  • NPR On Point Guest Expert on Mark Twain. May 9, 2007.
  • Featured in Ken Burns’ documentary series “Mark Twain.” January 22-24, 2002. Film advisory board consultant and book consultant.
  • The Mark Twain Foundation, the Buffalo and Erie County Library Board, and SUNY Buffalo developed a CDROM containing the complete manuscript version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn along with substantial primary and secondary source material. Project funding in excess of $250,000. Advisory board member.

Publications – Articles/Entries/Chapters

  • “Foreword.” Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints. T. June Li and Suzanne Wright. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2016.
  • “Mark Twain.” Oxford Bibliographies. American Literature section. www.oxfordbibliographies.com. March 7, 2012.
  • “Mark Twain’s Mysterious Vibrator.” The Daily Beast, June 10, 2010.
  • “What Would Twain Make of Dr. Kush?” The Huffington Post, March 30, 2010.
  • “America’s First Modern Celebrity.” The Daily Beast, March 20, 2010.
  • “A Story That Mark Twain Was Determined No One Would Ever Tell.” Rorotoko.com, March 15, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain’s Annus Horribilis of 1908-1909.” American Literary Realism, Winter 2008. Posted to the Center for Mark Twain Studies Audio Library, Elmira College.
  • “Mark Twain’s Cross-Dressing Oeuvre.” Short Story Criticism. Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 87. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 82-96.
  • “‘She Wanted to Kill’: Jean Clemens and Postictal Psychosis.” American Literary Realism, Spring 2005.
  • “Where the Twains Meet.” The Chronicle Review, January 11, 2002: B16-17.
  • “’I am Woman’s Rights’: Olivia Langdon Clemens’ Suffragette Friends.” The Mark Twain Journal, “Women in Mark Twain Biography.” Fall 1996, 34.2 [Summer 1998].
  • “Women in Mark Twain Biography.” The Mark Twain Journal, Co-editor of a special edition. Fall 1996, 34.2 [Summer 1998].
  • “Mark Twain’s Cross-Dressing Oeuvre.” College Literature, Spring 1997, 24.2: 82-96.
  • “Mark Twain’s Mother of Invention.” The Mark Twain Journal, Fall 1993, 31.2 [Spring 1997].
  • “Introduction.” Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Wordsworth American Library Editions, 1997.
  • “Grace King.” Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Denise D. Knight. Greenwood Publishing, 1997.
  • “Mark Twain: God’s Fool Redux.” Biography, Fall 1996, 19.4.
  • “Dear Constant Reader Bloom.” The Paris Review, Summer 1996.
  • “Introduction.” Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins. Wordsworth American Library Editions, 1996.
  • “WCTU.” Ready Reference: Women’s Issues. Salem Publishing, 1996.
  • “Afterword.” The Diaries of Adam and Eve, The Oxford Mark Twain, Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Chapter “19th-Century Literature” in American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 1994. Duke University Press, 1996.
  • “Why Can’t a Woman Act More Like a Man? Mark Twain’s Masculine Women and Feminine Men.” Over Here: Reviews in American Studies, Summer/Winter 1995; 15, 1&2: 49-57.
  • “Dragons, Ghosts and China Dolls: Chinese American Women’s Writing in the Canon and the Classroom.” Transformations, Fall 1995, 6.2: 17-34.
  • “Mark Twain’s Fictionalizing of Dr. Newton’s Miraculous Cure.” American Literary Realism, Winter 1994.
  • “Mark Twain’s Last Work of Realism: The Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript.” Essays in Arts and Sciences, October 1994.
  • “Grace King.” The Mark Twain Encyclopedia. Eds. J.R. LeMaster and James Wilson. Garland, 1992.
  • “`The Mysterious Stranger’: Absence of the Female in Mark Twain Biography.”  Mark Twain’s Humor: A Casebook. Ed. David E.E. Sloane. Garland, 1992.
  • “Clara Clemens,” “Anna E. Dickinson,” “Ossip Gabrilowitsch,” “Rachael Gleason,” “Isabella Beecher Hooker,” “Grace King.” The Mark Twain Encyclopedia. Eds. J.R. LeMaster and James Wilson. Garland, 1992.
  • “Letters from Hollywood.” Mark Twain Circular, 1.2 (February 1987): 1-3.

Book Reviews

  • “Political books the presidential candidates should be reading.” Contributor. Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2012.
  • The Complete Short Stories. Mark Twain. Everyman’s Library, 2012. Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2012.
  • The Lives of Margaret Fuller. John Matteson. W.W. Norton, 2012. Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2012.
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1. Harriet Elinor Smith. University of California Press, 2010. Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2010.
  • “My Brilliant Career: Coming 100 years after his death, Twain’s autobiography hopes to break new ground but guarantees old pleasures.” The Boston Globe, November 14, 2010.
  • Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain’s Final Years. Karen Lystra. University of California Press, 2004. American Literary Realism, Winter 2006.
  • Proper Mark Twain. Leland Krauth. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999. The Southern Quarterly, Spring 2000.
  • The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain. Susan Harris. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. The Southern Quarterly, Spring 1998.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Twain. Forrest G. Robinson, Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. The Southern Quarterly, Winter-Spring 1996.
  • The Diaries of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Denise Knight. Charlottesville: University Press Virginia, 1994. Documentary Editing, Fall 1995.
  • Mark Twain, Culture and Gender: Envisioning America Through Europe. J.D. Stahl. Athens: University Georgia Press, 1994. The Southern Quarterly, Winter-Spring 1995.
  • Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale. Henry B. Wonham. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Studies in American Humor, Winter 1994.
  • Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale. Henry B. Wonham. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. American Literature, December 1993.
  • Doing Literary Business: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century. Susan Coultrap-McQuin. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990. Legacy, Spring 1991.
  • The Thirties: A Reconsideration in the Light of the American Political Tradition. Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press. Ilha Do Desterro, Fall 1990.
  • Edith Wharton’s Women: Friends and Rivals. Susan Goodman. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1990. Legacy, 1991.
  • Dark Twins: Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain’s America. Susan Gilman. Chicago: University Chicago Press, 1989. Mark Twain Society Bulletin, July 1989: 3.

Reviews, Profiles, Mentions

  • Andreas Schlick, “Macherin, Managerin, Magnet: Laura Trombley erste Thomas-Nast-Gastprofessorin der Uni Landau.” Die Rheinpfalz, June 2013.
  • Carolyn Kellogg, “Happy 176th Birthday, Mark Twain!” Los Angeles Times Blogs, November 30, 2011.
  • Stefan Beck, “At Grandpa Twain’s Knee.” The New Criterion, June 2011.
  • Andrew Delbanco, “His Own Best Straight Man.” The New York Review of Books, March 10, 2011.
  • Carolyn Kellogg, “Inside the Next Volume of Mark Twain’s Autobiography.” Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2011.
  • Nancy Burton, “For Mark Twain, 2010 was not a Good Year.” Weston-Redding-Easton Patch, 
December 30, 2010.
  • “Twain Celebration Continues.” The Star-Gazette, November 27, 2010.
  • “Autobiography of Mark Twain.” The Week, November 24, 2010.
  • Philip Sherwell, “She done him wrong, but Twain has last say.” The Age, November 15, 2010.
  • Philip Sherwell, “Mark Twain Autobiography Creates a Stir.” The Telegraph, November 13, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain’s Seedier, More Human Side.” Trading Posts, August 5, 2010.
  • “Isabel V. Lyon Remembered.” Farmington Life, July 10, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain Memoir and the ‘Filth-Minded Secretary.’” The Telegraph, June 11, 2010.
  • “Is He Dead?” Times Literary Supplement. June 4, 2010.
  • “Blackmail Dossier Exposes Mark Twain’s Secrets.” The Times of London, May 28, 2010.
  • “After Keeping Us Waiting for a Century, Mark Twain Will Finally Reveal All.” The Independent, May 23, 2010.
  • “A Carefully Crafted Collapse.” The Internet Review of Books, May 5, 2010
  • “A Century after His Death, Writers Continue to Examine Mark Twain’s Life.” The Star-Ledger, May 2, 2010.
  • “Letters from Mark Twain Give Author an Inside Look.” Northwest Indiana Times, May 2, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, April 29, 2010.
  • “Rancho Cucamonga Jumps to Read Mark Twain.” The Sun, April 22, 2010.
  • “Authors: Late Troubles Affected Twain’s Work. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 21, 2010.
  • “100 Years Later, Twain’s Work Still Influences Writers While Charming Readers. USA Today, April 20, 2010.
  • “Reviews: Two Books Explore an American Literary Lion in ‘Mark Twain’s Other Woman’ and ‘Lighting Out for the Territory.” St. Petersburg Times, April 18, 2010.
  • “To the Bitter End: Blackmail and Anger Soured Mark Twain’s Last Great Relationship.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 17, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain Still Lives on 100 Years After His Death.” Newsday, April 14, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain, Maitre Chanteur?” Fluctuat.net, April 8, 2010.
  • “Le Dossier Chantage de Mark Twain, Enfin Revele.” Actualitte.com, April 8, 2010.
  • “Grumpy Old Man.” The Boston Globe, April 7, 2010.
  • “Two New Fascinating Biographies on Mark Twain Attempt to Untangle the Beloved Curmudgeon’s Posthumous Legacy.” Oregon Live.com, April 3, 2010.
  • “Book Review: ‘Mark Twain’s Other Woman’ by Laura Skandera Trombley.” AssociatedContent.com, April 1, 2010.
  • “Full Roster of Events Celebrating Mark Twain.” The Hartford Courant, March 31, 2010.
  • Chauncey Mabe, “Was Mark Twain a lonely, bitter and vicious old man?” Open Page, March 29, 2010.
  • “Blackmail Dossier Exposes Mark Twain’s Secrets.” The Australian, March 28, 2010.
  • David Propson, “A Mississippian Flood.” The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2010.
  • “Dossier Casts Light on Twain’s Other Woman.” The Australian, March 22, 2010.
  • “O Mundo de Mark Twain.” Terra Brasil, March 22, 2010.
  • “Tantalized by Twain: 100 Years after Missouri’s Favorite Writer Died, Interest in America’s ‘Original Superstar’ Persists.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 21, 2010.
  • “’Mark Twain’s Other Woman’ Book Review: Tale of Twain Social Secretary Unearths Author’s Ugly Side.” The Star-Ledger, March 21, 2010.
  • “On Twain.” The Boston Globe, March 20, 2010.
  • Jane Henderson, “Authors Comb through Twain’s Early, Later Years.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 19, 2010.
  • “Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years.” Flavorpill.com, March 17, 2010.
  • “Dennis Drabell Reviews Four Biographies of Mark Twain.” The Washington Post, March 14, 2010.
  • Scott Martelle, “Mark Twain’s Vendetta Volume.” Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2010.
  • “Pitzer College President’s Book, a 16 Year Effort to Study Mark Twain’s ‘Other Woman.’” The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, March 5, 2010.  
  • “The Reading List: LA Authors. LA Topics.” Los Angeles Magazine. March 1, 2010.
  • Rebecca Trounson, “Her New Take on Twain: Pitzer College chief Laura Skandera Trombley argues that the women in the author’s life had a deep impact on his writing.” Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2005: A1.
  • Tom Larson, “Our Samuel Clemens: Mark Twain in the Age of Personal Disclosure.” Southern Humanities Review, 2004; 38.2.
  • Mary Uhl, review Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship, Midwest Modern Language Association, Spring 2003.
  • Joseph Csicsila, Review Constructing Mark Twain, Studies in American Humor, 2002: 3,9.
  • “Film Star: Coe Prof’s Views on Twain Catch Eye of Filmmaker.” The Gazette, January 10, 2002: 1.
  • “Did Mark Twain’s Daughter Invent His Genial Image?” Star Tribune, April 23, 2000: B6.
  • “Putting a Happy Face on an Often Unhappy Twain.” The New York Times, April 22, 2000: A19.
  • B.M. McNeal, review Critical Essays on Maxine Hong Kingston, Choice, June 1999.
  • Alan Gribben, American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 1997. Duke University Press, 1999: 87-89.
  • Alan Gribben, American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 1996. Duke University Press, 1998: 91.
  • Susan Morse, “Author! Author!” AAUW Outlook, Fall 1997: 6-9.
  • Alan Gribben, American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 1995. Duke University Press, 1997: 86,89.
  • Ray B. Brown, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Journal of American Culture, 1996: 19.3:132.
  • R.W. Butterfield, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Modern Language Review, 
1996: 91.3: 707-08.
  • Linda A. Morris, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, American Historical Review, July 1996.
  • Michael Kiskis, “I Drink with the Ghost of Mark Twain.” Mark Twain Circular, April/June 1996: 2.
  • Tom Quirk, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 1994. Duke University Press, 1996: 96-98, 99, 109.
  • Kenneth S. Lynn, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, The Times Literary Supplement, May 17, 1996: 3-4.
  • Lawrence Howe, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, American Literature, Spring 1996.
  • Michelle Locke, “Twain’s Mate Comes Out of the Shadows.” Houston Chronicle, January 20, 1996.
  • Scott Bronstein, “Potsdam College Administrator Wins Award for Biography of Mark Twain.” Watertown Daily Times, December 22, 1995.
  • Jeffrey Steinbrink, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, The New England Quarterly, Winter 1995: 684-86.
  • Greg Metcalf, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, American Studies International, October 1995: 33,2.
  • Peter Messent, “A Sentimental Education? Mark Twain, Elmira and Hartford:  Domestic Circles and Intellectual Influences.” Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Over Here: Reviews in American Studies, Summer/Winter 1995: 15, 1&2: 71-78.
  • Joseph B. McCullough, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Studies in American Humor, 1995: 3,2: 112-15.
  • Henry B. Wonham, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, American Literary Realism, Fall 1995.
  • Shelley Fisher Fishkin, “The Multiculturalism of ‘Traditional Culture.'” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 1995: A8, A15.
  • Scott Bronstein, “Mark Twain Scholar Makes Waves with Work on Company of Women.” Watertown Daily Times, March 6, 1995.
  • “Twain’s Women Reconsidered.” Courier Observer, March 5, 1995.
  • Dennis W. Eddings, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Mark Twain Forum, Internet Discussion Group. February 28, 1995.
  • Glenn O. Carey, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Choice, Spring 1995.
  • Thomas A. Tenney, Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Mark Twain Circular, January-March 1995: 9, 1: 8.
  • Abby Werlock, “Fathoming the Feminine: New Books on Mark Twain and Women.” Review Mark Twain in the Company of Women, The Southern Quarterly, Fall 1993: 32, 1: 119-123.
  • Liz McMillen, “New Theory about Mark Twain’s Sexuality Brings Strong Reactions from Experts.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 1993: A8, A15.

Session Chair or Keynote/Featured Speaker

  • Mark Twain Room, Beijing American Center. “On Twain, In Twain.” Sponsored by the US Fulbright Program. Beijing, China. April 9, 2014.
  • Royal Thimphu College. “Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn.” Thimphu, Bhutan. April 2013.
  • Complicating Twain: Biography, Autobiography, and the Personal Scholar: Remembering Michael J. Kiskis Symposium. Keynote Speaker. “Come Back to the Raft Ag’in, Michael Honey.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. October 19, 2012.
  • Mark Twain’s America, Talk for Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference. “Nature Knows no Indecencies; Man Invents Them.” Claremont, CA. April 1, 2011.
  • Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. “What Mark Twain Did Not Want You to Know: Blackmail, Sex & Drugs.” University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 4, 2011.
  • Modern Language Association Chair. “Mark Twain and the Problematic Self.” Los Angeles, CA. January 9, 2011.
  • American Humor Society Conference. “You’ve Made Your Procrustean Bed, Now Lie in It.” San Diego, CA. December 9, 2010.
  • “Which One Do You Want? The Binary Mark Twain.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. November 29, 2010.
  • Honnold/Mudd Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Claremont, CA. October 27, 2010.
  • Le Moyne College. “Why Huck Matters.” Syracuse, NY. September 24, 2010.
  • Claremont Colleges’ Featured Speaker for Campus Women. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Claremont, CA. September 21, 2010.
  • Quarry Farm Center for Mark Twain Studies. Featured Speaker. “Mark Twain’s Annus Horribilis of 1908-1909,” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. September 19, 2007.
  • Elmira 2005: The 5th International Conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies. Chair. “Polemical Mark Twain.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. August 4, 2005.
  • Waseda University. “Fellow Travelers: Mark Twain and the Liberal Arts.” Public Lecture. Tokyo, Japan. May 26, 2005.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Huckleberry Finn on CD-Rom.” Cambridge, MA. May 22, 2003.
  • Scripps College. Featured Speaker. “Why Twain Still Matters.” Claremont, CA. March 10, 2003.
  • Pepperdine University. Featured Speaker. “Mark Twain: American Icon, Classic Writer and Film Star.” Malibu, CA. February 10, 2003.
  • Modern Language Association. Chair. “Mark Twain: Grief, Race, and Culture.” New Orleans. 
December 29, 2001.
  • Elmira 2001: The 4th International Conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies. Chair. “Mark Twain: 1900-1910.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. August 18, 2001.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Why I Work on Mark Twain.” Long Beach, CA. May 25, 2000.
  • Modern Language Association. Chair. “New Directions in Mark Twain Studies.” Chicago, IL. December 28, 1999.
  • Thursday Forum. Featured Speaker. “Memoir, Isabel Lyon and Mark Twain.” Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. October, 1999.
  • Modern Language Association. Chair. “Mark Twain: New Perspectives on Established Works.” San Francisco, CA. December 28, 1998.
  • Thursday Forum. Featured Speaker. “A Combustible Mixture: Mark Twain, Women’s Studies and Biography.” Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. September 5 and 12, 1998.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Mark Twain on Fire.” Baltimore, MD. May 30, 1998.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Asian American Literature.” Baltimore, MD. May 30, 1998.
  • American Literature Association. Plenary Speaker. “A Celebration—The American Literature Association:  A Look Back, A Look Ahead.” Baltimore, MD. May 30, 1998.
  • American Literature Association. Chair Discussion Group. “Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey.” San Diego, CA. May 29, 1998.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Performing Dialect in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Roundtable Discussion.” San Diego, CA. May 29, 1998.
  • Universitaet Landau. Featured Speaker. “Mark Twain and Women Biographers.” Landau, Germany. December 15, 1997.
  • Western Literature Association Conference. Chair. “Intertextualities.” Albuquerque, NM. October 17, 1997.
  • The State of Mark Twain Studies. Discussion Session Leader. “Editing Mark Twain.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY.  August 1997.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Circle for Asian American Literary Studies: Personal and Communal Identity in Early Asian-American Literature.” Baltimore, MD. May 24,1997.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Mark Twain.” Baltimore, MD. May 23, 1997.
  • Northeast Modern Language Association. Chair. “New Directions in Mark Twain Scholarship.”  Philadelphia, PA. April 4, 1997.
  • American Literature Association Symposium on Male and Female Literary Relations in 19th and 20th Century America. Chair. “Twain’s Female Scribes.” Cancun, Mexico. December 13, 1996.
  • New York State Authors Read Their Work. Featured Speaker. “The Times Literary Supplement Review and a Personal History of Writing Twain.” SUNY Potsdam, NY. June 27, 1996. Funded by Poets and Writers, New York, NY.
  • Canisius College. Keynote Speaker. “The Mysterious Strangers: Mark Twain Biography and Women’s Studies.” Buffalo, NY. November 6, 1995.
  • Symposium on Contemporary American Fiction Featuring T.C. Boyle. Chair. “Masculinity/The Male Body.” SUNY Potsdam, NY. September 28, 1995.
  • American Literature Association. Chair. “Composite Novels.” Baltimore, MD. June 4, 1995.
  • Northeast Modern Language Association. Chair. “American Humor Panel.” Boston, MA. April 1, 1995.
  • The Situation of Contemporary United States Fiction: Fiction at the Turn-of-the-Century. Chair. Session A & B. Kennedy Library. Boston, MA. April 2, 1995.
  • SUNY Potsdam’s Women’s Studies Spring Series. Chair. “What’s Academia Got to Do With It? Sex, Women’s Studies and the Canon.” SUNY Potsdam, NY. April 15, 1994.
  • North Country Women’s Conference. Keynote Speaker. “Women’s Issues in the 90’s.” Watertown, NY. March 19, 1994.
  • Modern Language Association under the aegis of the Mark Twain Circle. Featured Speaker. “Mark Twain’s Cross-Dressing Oeuvre.” Toronto, ON, Canada. December 28, 1993.
  • Central New York MLA. Chair. “Issues in Mark Twain Biography.” Cortland, NY. October 20, 1992.
  • Modern Language Association under the aegis of the Mark Twain Circle. Featured Speaker. “Mark Twain’s Fictionalizing of Olivia’s Fall and Dr. Newton’s Miraculous Cure.” San Francisco, CA. December 28, 1991.
  • Literature and Addiction: Interdisciplinary Conference. Featured Speaker. Chair. “A Princely Failing: Irish Hospitality in Joyce’s `The Dead.” University of Sheffield, England. April 5, 1991.
  • Modern Language Association. Chair. “Mark Twain’s Female Coterie: New Perspectives in Twain Biography.” Paper Title: “`I am Woman’s Rights’: Olivia Langdon Clemens and Her Feminist Circle.” Chicago, IL. December 28, 1990.
  • Mark Twain Memorial. Keynote Speaker. “Mark Twain’s Legacy: From Hartford to Hollywood.” Hartford, CT. November 14, 1989.
  • Quarry Farm Center for Mark Twain Studies. Featured Speaker. “More Letters from Hollywood.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. May 31, 1989.

Panel Presentations

  • “Mark Twain and Libation.” Twain, Vice, and Violence. Elmira 2010: The 8th International Conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies. Elmira College, Elmira, NY. August 3-5, 2017.
  • “The Scholarly Legacy of Michael Kiskis.” Complicating Twain: Biography, Autobiography, and the Personal Scholar: Remembering Michael J. Kiskis Symposium. Roundtable discussion. Elmira College, Elmira, NY. October 20, 2012.
  • “‘Fame is a Vapor; Popularity an Accident; the Only Earthly Certainty is Oblivion’: Mark Twain in 2011.” Twain-Fame Panel at Christian Scholars Conference. Pepperdine University. Malibu, CA. June 16, 2011.
  • “Why Mark Twain Still Matters.” Mark Twain Conference: National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar. Caldwell, ID. July 16, 2010.
  • “‘She Wanted to Kill’: Illness and Mark Twain Biography.” Elmira 2005: The 5th International Conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies. Elmira College, Elmira, NY. August 5, 2005.
  • “‘Who Killed Mark Twain?’ Hamlin Hill Was Right?” Modern Language Association. New Orleans, LA. December 30, 2001.
  • Plenary Session, “Mark Twain Wither Thou Goest?” American Literature Association Conference. Cambridge, MA. May 26, 2001.
  • “Damnatio Memoriae: Clara Clemens’ Biographical Burning of Samuel Clemens.” Modern Language Association. Washington DC. December 30, 2000.
  • “A Powerful Influence: Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch and Mark Twain.” American Literature Association Conference. Baltimore, MD. May 29, 1999.
  • “Rough Sex: Isabel Lyon, Samuel Clemens and Twain Criticism.” American Literature Association Symposium on American Humor and Mark Twain. Cancun, Mexico. December 7, 1998.
  • “Editing Controversy: The Making of Critical Essays on Maxine Hong Kingston.” American Literature Association Conference. San Diego, CA. May 29, 1998.
  • “Feminizing Mark Twain: Feminist Cultural Study in the Shadow of Masculinist Biography.” Northeast MLA. Baltimore, MD. April 18, 1998.
  • “Mark Twain’s Transgressions into Cross-Dressing or What Would Dan DeQuille Say?” American Literature Association Symposium on the Trickster. Lake Tahoe, NV. October 10, 1997.
  • “Isabel Lyon’s Secret Mark Twain Memoir.” American Literature Association Symposium on American Auto/Biography. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. March 14, 1997.
  • “Roundtable Discussion on the Future of Modern Language Studies.” Northeast MLA. Montreal, QC, Canada. April 20, 1996. (Organized, could not attend)
  • “Mark Twain’s Masculine Women and Feminine Men.” American Literature Association Symposium on the American Short Story to 1900. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico. November 11, 1995.
  • “Tip-toeing in Twain’s Footsteps: A Female Twain Biographer.” Western Humor Conference. Vancouver, BC, Canada.  October 13, 1995.
  • “Recovery of Chinese-American Women’s Writing and China as Imaginary Homeland.” US/China Joint Conference on Women’s Issues. Beijing, China. August 26, 1995.
  • “Mark Twain: God’s Fool Redux 3: The State of Mark Twain Biography.” Roundtable. American Literature Association Conference. Baltimore, MD. June 4, 1995.
  • “Teaching Chinese-American Women Writers Through Film and Fiction.” Northeast MLA. Boston, MA. March 31, 1995.
  • “Mark Twain and the Transvestite Novel.” Modern Language Association. San Diego, CA. December 28, 1994.
  • “The Questions of the Literary Canon: Thoughts on Reading, Teaching, and Change.” Elmira College, Elmira, NY. October 25, 1994.
  • “Mark Twain’s Forgotten Final Text: The Ashcroft/Lyon Manuscript.” American Literature Association. 
San Diego, CA. June 4, 1994.
  • “Lily or Isabel? Mark Twain’s Last Work of Realism: The Ashcroft/Lyon Manuscript.” American Literature  Association Symposium on American Realism and Naturalism. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, México. November 12, 1993.
  • “Mark Twain’s Mother of Invention.” The State of Mark Twain Studies. Elmira College, Elmira, NY. August 13, 1993.
  • “Elmira’s Female Reformers and Mark Twain’s ‘The Temperance Crusade and Woman’s Rights.'” American Literature Association. Baltimore, MD. May 30, 1993.
  • “Mark Twain and Writing the Mother of Reform.” Northeast MLA. Philadelphia, PA. March 26, 1993.
  • “Writing in the Shadow of Mark Twain: The Isabel Lyon Journals.” Midwest MLA. St. Louis, MO. 
November 5, 1992.
  • “Mark Twain’s Autonomous Female: Judith Loftus and the Politics of Exclusion.” American Literature Association. San Diego, CA. May 30, 1992.
  • “In Defense of Mark Twain’s Judith Loftus.” Central New York MLA. Cortland, NY. October 21, 1991.
  • “’The Mysterious Stranger’: Absence of the Female in Mark Twain Biography.” New Approaches to Biography Conference. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. October 20, 1990.
  • “The Charmed Circle: Mark Twain, Women, and the Integration of Imagination.” American Literature Association. San Diego, CA. June 1, 1990.
  • “A Feminist Abroad: Acceptance and Resistance to Women’s Studies in Bavaria, West Germany.” National Women’s Studies Conference, Towson State, MD. June 16, 1989.
  • “Abolitionist Publications from the Private Library of the Honorable George Thacher.” Image of Black Slavery in Creative Documents of the 17th-19th Centuries: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Humanities, Howard University, Washington DC. February 13, 1987.

Additional Conference Roles

  • Planning committee member, Associated Colleges of the Midwest Conference on Information Literacy. Lake Forest College. March 9-11, 2001.
  • Planning committee member, Associated Colleges of the Midwest Conference on Rethinking the Humanities. Coe College. March 20, 1999.
  • Conference Organizer. American Literature Association Symposium on Male and Female Literary Relations in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century America. Cancun, Mexico. December 13-15, 1996.
  • Conference Organizer. Symposium on Contemporary American Fiction Featuring T.C. Boyle. SUNY Potsdam, NY. September 28-30, 1995
  • Introduction, John W. Aldrich. Symposium on Contemporary American Fiction Featuring T.C. Boyle. SUNY Potsdam. September 28, 1995.
  • Chair, Mark Twain Circle Subcommittee for Modern Language Association Breakfast Lecture Series, San Diego, CA. December 28-30, 1994.
  • Chair, Mark Twain Circle Subcommittee for MLA Breakfast Lecture Series. Toronto. December 28, 1993.

Service to Community Organizations

  • Zamarano Book Club. “If I had a Camel: The Sesquicentennial of The Innocents Abroad.” Pasadena, CA. January 3, 2018
  • Twilight Club. “Twainlight.” Pasadena, CA. May 31, 2016.
  • San Marino City Club. Featured Speaker. “The Huntington in My Life.” April 16, 2016.
  • Claremont Rotary. “My Journey on the John Muir Trail.” Claremont, CA. September 27, 2013.
  • Patrons of the Library at Pollak Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” California State University, Fullerton, CA. February 2, 2013.
  • Senior Citizen Garden Club at Beverly Hills Country Club. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Los Angeles, CA. May 2013.
  • Unicorn Mark Twain Festival. The Mark Twain Library. Redding, CT. August 18, 2012
  • Monrovia Public Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Monrovia, CA. March 3, 2012.
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Area XIII Conference. Featured Speaker. “Dr. Skandera Trombley’s Scholarship on Twain.” Pomona, CA. February 4, 2012.
  • Zamarano Book Club. “Mark Twain: The World’s First Global Celebrity.” Pasadena, CA. November 2, 2011.
  • Rancho Mirage Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Rancho Mirage, CA. May 3, 2011.
  • University Club. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Claremont, CA. April 19, 2011.
  • Twilight Club. “The Binary Mark Twain.” Pasadena, CA. March 29, 2011.
  • Polytechnic School & Board. “Mark Twain: Daughters & Dastardly Deeds.” Pasadena, CA. March 3, 2011.
  • San Dimas Corral of Westerners. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” San Dimas, CA. March 2, 2011.
  • Pilgrim Memorial Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Pomona, CA. February 11, 2011.
  • Beverly Hills Rotary. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Beverly Hills, CA. February 7, 2011.
  • Ebell Club. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Los Angeles, CA. December 6, 2010.
  • The California Club. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Los Angeles, CA. November 18, 2010.
  • Hillcrest Country Club. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Los Angeles, CA. October 14, 2010.
  • Ketchum Community Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Ketchum, ID. October 6, 2010.
  • Gene Autry National Center of the American West. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Los Angeles, CA. August 8, 2010.
  • Los Angeles Public Library. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Los Angeles, CA. July 27, 2010.
  • Claremont Rotary. “Mark Twain’s Other Woman.” Claremont, CA. July 23, 2010.

Service to Literary Organizations  

  • Editorial Board, The Mark Twain Annual, 2003-17
  • Editorial Board, Studies in American Humor, 2010-2016
  • Reader, American Literary Realism, 1994-2012
  • Reader, College Literature, 2002-09
  • President, Mark Twain Circle of America, 2000-2002
  • Reader, Vanderbilt University Press, 2001
  • Vice President, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1998-2000
  • Conference Organizer, American Literature Association Annual Convention. Baltimore, MD. May 1999.
  • Executive Committee, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1996-1999
  • National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Grant Reviewer, 1995-1999
  • Reader, College Literature, 1998
  • Reader, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 1998
  • Reader, The Southern Quarterly, 1996-1998
  • Executive Coordinator, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1994-1998
  • Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association, 1994-1997
  • Institutional Representation NY State Association Women in Higher Education, 1994-1997
  • Managing Editor, Modern Language Studies, 1994-1997
  • Delegate, Modern Language Association, 1994-1996
  • Reader, Oxford University Press, 1995
  • Reader, American Literary Realism, 1994
  • Assistant Treasurer/Secretary, American Humor Studies Association, 1994-1995