Office: Library Learning Commons 107a
Ph.D. (impending) Stony Brook University, emphasis on 20th and 21st century U.S. literature, including a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies
M.A. in American literature from University College Dublin
B.A. in English (emphasis: creative writing) from Vassar College
I teach Transitional Writing (ENG 111). I will be teaching the FYI ‘Wizards and Vampires’ in the Spring with Professor Cox. I will focus on the opportunities for thinking about contemporary theory and literature in that course, as my training is in 20th and 21st Century U.S. literature with a background in Women’s and Gender Studies.
I taught introductory literature (on science fiction, contemporary literature and Native American fiction) and advanced literature courses in Native American literature at Stony Brook University before joining the faculty at CSC. I presented the paper “Hands in Privileged Places: Mockery of the Refined Moral Crisis of Charity in Melville’s The Confidence Man” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s annual conference in Lincoln. The year before that I presented two papers on zombies and contemporary apocalyptic literature. One at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Houston, Texas and the other at the annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association in Stony Brook, New York. I have published on the film Cloud Atlas in the Science Fiction Research Association Review.
Right now I am writing my PhD dissertation on zombies, cyborgs and tricksters in contemporary literature. My dissertation looks at examples of these character types, each of which combines the human and something else into one being, in order to try to understand how humans construct our own difference from the world around us. As a result, I am reading a lot of science fiction, apocalyptic fiction and Native American fiction, as well as plenty of philosophy and contemporary cultural and literary criticism about what we think makes us human and what makes that important. I am particularly interested in places where ideas about gender and ideas about human-ness become dependent upon each other.
No matter how ‘adult’ I grow I think I will always have a fondness for science fiction and fantasy stories in video game, movie and novel form. I try to keep myself in touch with the simple pleasure of reading by having a book I’m reading ‘just for fun,’ even if it’s philosophy, as consistently as I can, given all the other reading I’m doing for work. I also love watching funny and/or cleverly directed stories in film and television. If it wasn’t for the Criterion Collection on Hulu, my bill for interlibrary loan at the Chadron town library would be very high indeed. Outside of the world of fiction my interests include exploring this awesome new landscape I’ve just recently moved to and being excited about the oncoming winter, which will banish these dusty 100+ degree days, for a while at least.