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.
An interview/profile about my teaching, written for the PSU English Department webpage.
Department of English, Portland State University (2014-)
- Literary Form and Analysis (ENG 300; f/k/a “Introduction to the English Major”)
- Major Figures: Henry James and Joseph Conrad (mixed grad/undergrad)
- Topic: “Theories of Failure.” First try (mixed grad/undergrad); second try (advanced undergrad).
- “Melodrama, Race, and Authenticity,” taught both as a Topics in Film class and as a Topics in Film and Literature class.
- Imperial Adventures in the Modern Novel (summer course; mixed grad/undergrad).
- “Object Lessons: The Materials of Contemporary Literature.”
- Critical Theory of Cinema (ENG 304).
- “From Stage to Radio: Brecht, Beckett, Stoppard” (Modern Drama course).
- Major Figures: James Joyce (mixed grad/undergrad)
- “Hearing Modernist Cultures: Music, Media, and Performative Textuality.” Mixed grad/upper-division course in modernism.
- History of Cinema and Narrative Media I (through WWII).
- History of Cinema and Narrative Media II (post-WWII).
- Modern British Literature; I also taught a second version of this class.
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 (2010-2)
- 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.
Department of English, Vanderbilt University (2004-10)
- Prose Fiction
- 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”