modern and contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, the utopian tradition in literature, modernism in the arts
Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Race & Ethnic Studies
Recent courses taught:
- Utopia and Dystopia in Literature and Film
- Beats, Bombs, and Burbs: the American 1950s
- Masquerade and Disguise in American Literature
- Contemporary Graphic Novel
- The African-American Literary Tradition
- “Nature Is What Hurts.” Review essay. Electronic Book Review, 2016-02-07.
- “From Class Imaginary to Cultural Revolution in Willa Cather.” Created Unequal: Class and the Making of American Literature. Andrew Lawson, ed. London: Routledge, 2014. 165-79.
- “The American Novel: Twentieth Century.” Chapter of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
- “Cosmic Upset: Cultural Revolution and the Contradictions of Zora Neale Hurston.” Modernism/Modernity 16:2 (April 2009), 229-254.
- “Cultural Revolution, the Discourse of Intellectuals, and Other Folk Tales.” On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization, ed. Caren Irr and Ian Buchanan. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005. 95-115.
- Around Quitting Time: Work and Middle-Class Fantasy in American Fiction. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.
College service and professional affiliations:
- Faculty Compensation and Budget Committee
- Interdisciplinary Studies Committee
- Utopian Studies Society
- Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present