Professor Walker is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. She received her PhD from Louisiana State University, and her BA from Oberlin College. She has been teaching American Literature and feminist theory at the University of Southern Maine since 1995, and she will serve as the Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program beginning fall 2015. Professor Walker is committed to teaching and advising, and supports undergraduate research. She has directed numerous independent studies and thesis projects, and collaborated with several students on conference papers and publications.
Professor Walker's current research focuses on constructions of femininity and female sexuality in the modernist era. She studies beauty culture and interior decoration, and fiction that represents women’s participation in these industries, including novels by early twentieth century writers such as Edith Wharton, Fannie Hurst, and Gertrude Atherton. Her work has appeared in journals such as Sexualities, Signs, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and she is the author of Looking Like What You Are: Sexual Style, Race, and Lesbian Identity (NYU, 2001, Amazon).
She is currently working on a digital humanities project with Digital Maine.