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 joined the faculty at Portland State University, where I teach courses on these and other topics, as well as advising undergraduate English majors and minors and supervising M.A. theses and exams.
An interview/profile about my teaching, written for the PSU English Department webpage.
Department of English, Portland State University (2014-)
- Critical Theory of Cinema
- Modern British Literature
- Literature, Community, and Difference (core course for PSU English Major).
- Literary Form and Analysis (f/k/a “Intro to the English Major”) (taught in both lecture and online formats)
- The Cinematic City (Topics in Film).
- “Listening to Modernism” (graduate modernism seminar)
- “Bodies that Splatter: Genres of the Modern” (Advanced Topics in 20th-century British Literature)
- The Field of English (M.A. Colloquium)
- Major Figures: Henry James and Joseph Conrad (mixed grad/undergrad)
- Major Figures: James Joyce (mixed grad/undergrad)
- “Theories of Failure.” First try (grad/undergrad); second try (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 (mixed grad/undergrad)
- History of Cinema and Narrative Media II (post-WWII) (taught in both lecture and online formats)
- History of Cinema and Narrative Media I (through WWII)
- “Object Lessons: The Materials of Contemporary Literature”
- Modern Drama: “From Stage to Radio: Brecht, Beckett, Stoppard“
- “Hearing Modernist Cultures.” Mixed grad/upper-division course in modernism
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/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
Department of English, UC Santa Barbara (2010-12)
- 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”