Miriam received her B.A. in English from Oglethorpe University and her M.A. and Ph.D in English, as well as a graduate certificate in Native American Studies, from the University of Georgia. Before coming to KSU, she taught at Miami University Middletown and the University of California Merced, where she had the opportunity to teach courses in Women’s and Gender Studies and Writing Studies, as well as English and Native American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary Indigenous literatures, formal and generic experimentation, 20th and 21st century American literature, comics, and ethnic American literatures. Her current book project examines the ways that Native novelists have adapted the generic tropes of science fiction as a means of resisting cultural assimilation and reasserting the value of Indigenous knowledge in the twenty-first century.