Emily claims that she became a vegetarian over 30 years ago due to her mom’s cooking (shake-n-bake chicken, frozen vegetable medley, and Chun-King chow mein, anyone?). In truth, after asking “where meat comes from,” and then dreaming that she cannibalized her younger brother, she determined that adopting a “not eating animal parts” lifestyle (vegetarianism was not yet part of her vocabulary) was the right thing to do. Similarly, Emily dropped in and out of university many times, finding that the repast of prefab degrees and boxed careers unsettled her intellectual appetite. Dropping out was the right thing to do. After teaching at a community college for several years, she eventually decided to become a doctoral student in American Studies, determining that she needed to ask better questions, not necessarily find better answers. It was the right thing to do.
Her research and teaching interests include the history of and the contemporary conditions engendered by the convergence of culture and technology in border regions. Believing that borders can be broadly defined and discriminately deployed, Emily sees the border itself as a technology that defines and destroys, confines and confounds, tricks and transcends. She is currently working to discover a vocabulary for describing, exploring, and negotiating traditional and speculative iterations of American political, economic, and cultural successes and failures in border regional contexts by considering the vernacular and intangible value systems immanent within them.