An interview/profile about my teaching, written for the PSU English Department webpage.

Fall 2017

  • Literary Form and Analysis (ENG 300)
  • Topics in Film and Literature (ENG 335U): Melodrama, Race, and Authenticity


Student Eval Hotel California

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)

Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara (2010-2)
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”


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 upper-division 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.


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