Spring encourages critical thinking about literary arts, ideas and ideologies, and the world around us. Like her instruction, her scholarship seeks to ground academic interests in lived experience. For instance, she explores the gendered and raced discourse of sweetness and power in “Don’t Call Me Cupcake Bitch: Selling Women Sugar In Cristina García’s Dreaming In Cuban and United Statesian Popular Culture,” and the commodification of eating and ethnicity in “Of Cabbages and Kings: On Reading Food Culture and Other Compositions.”

Research and Creative Interests: Comparative Literature, Cultural Criticism, and Gender Studies Teaching Interests:

Teaching Approach: I'm committed to student ­centered learning because active, ongoing education encourages us to make thoughtful choices and resist what Socrates calls the unexamined life. To this end, I rely on a teaching style that binds books and lived experience.

Why did you become an English professor? While Ralph Waldo Emerson probably didn't picture me as his "American Scholar," I certainly did. 

What do you expect of students?
I expect students to stretch. Because in the liberal arts, we're after nothing short of freeing minds.

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation? I'm not afraid to admit a penchant for the likes of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Once Upon A Time.