Teaching Biography:

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, helping to train teaching assistants and to organize public workshops on writing techniques, 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 was hired to the faculty of Portland State University, where I teach courses on these and other topics, as well as serving on various graduate thesis/focus area committees.

(I have used the now-defunct website Wikispaces for many of the courses below; there may still be a few “orphaned” links. Feel free to email me if you’d like additional information!)

An interview/profile about my teaching, written for the PSU English Department webpage.
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You can check out of my classroom . . . but you can never leave.

Department of English, Portland State University (2014-)
Department of English, TAMUCC (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/20th- and 21st-century Literature. Topic: “Ritual, Community, Culture”
  • British Literature of the 19th-21st Centuries (survey)
  • British Lit from 1900-present (graduate). Topic: “Modernism and Media”
  • Drama. Topic: “Modern Drama After Brecht”
Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara (2010-2012)
Department of English, Vanderbilt University (2004-10)
  • 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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