Teaching

I began teaching in 2004 as a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, where I taught classes in prose fiction, drama, poetry, composition, and literary theory. I also worked with the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Vanderbilt Writing Studio, and as an academic advisor for Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science. As a postdoctoral fellow at UCSB and as a faculty member at TAMU-CC, I taught a range of courses on modernism, media studies, adaptation, drama, theory, and film. In 2014 I joined the faculty at Portland State University, where I teach courses on these and other topics, as well as advising undergraduate English majors and supervising graduate theses and exams.

Courses Taught

Portland State University (2014-)

Here’s an interview/profile about my teaching, written for the PSU English Department.

  • Sentiment and Sentimentality, graduate seminar co-taught with Leni Zumas
  • Critical Theory of Cinema
  • Modern British Literature
  • Literature, Community, and Difference
  • Literary Form and Analysis (f/k/a Intro to the English Major)
  • Melodrama, Race, and Authenticity (Topics in Film; Topics in Film and Literature)
  • The Cinematic City (Topics in Film)
  • Listening to Modernism (graduate modernism seminar)
  • The Field of English (graduate colloquium)
  • Major Figures: Henry James and Joseph Conrad (mixed grad/undergrad)
  • Major Figures: James Joyce (mixed grad/undergrad)
  • Theories of Failure (mixed grad/undergrad)
  • Imperial Adventures in the Modern Novel (mixed grad/undergrad)
  • History of Cinema and Narrative Media II (post-WWII)
  • History of Cinema and Narrative Media I (through WWII)
  • Object Lessons: The Materials of Contemporary Literature
  • From Stage to Radio: Brecht, Beckett, Stoppard (Modern Drama)
  • Hearing Modernist Cultures (mixed grad/undergrad)
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (2012-2014)
  • Themes and Genres in English Literatures. Topics: “Colonial Encounters in Modern ‘British’ Writing”; “Art, the Self, and the Other”; “Human Desires, Human Bodies, Human Technologies”
  • Modern “British” Literature. Topic: “‘Survival’: Writing Canada in the Twentieth Century”
  • Film and Literature. Topics: “The Literary Kubrick”; “Constructing Authenticity”
  • Bibliographic and Research Methods (graduate)
  • Senior Capstone/Topics in 20th-21st-century Literature: “Ritual, Community, Culture”
  • British Literature of the 19th-21st Centuries (survey)
  • Modern British Lit (graduate). Topic: “Modernism and Media”
  • Modern Drama After Brecht
UC Santa Barbara (2010-2012)
  • Senior Capstone: Joyce’s Ulysses and the Stage.
  • Studies in Modern Literature: “Urban Symphonies: Music, Noise, and Modernism in the City”; cross-listed in Dept. of Music.
  • Topics in Literature: “Literature, Music, and Adaptation”; cross-listed in Dept. of Music.
  • British Literature from 1900 to the Present.
  • Studies in Modern Literature: “Tom Stoppard and Modernism”
  • Media History and Theory: “Audio Books”
  • Readings in the Modern Short Story.
Vanderbilt University (2004-2010)
  • Prose Fiction
  • Drama
  • Composition
  • Poetry
  • Intro to Literature
  • Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • Intro to Literary Criticism
  • First-year Writing Seminar: “Riots, Scandals, and Panics in 20th-century Literature and Arts”

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