I received my B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, my M.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University, and my Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Currently, I am Associate Professor of English and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth century and contemporary American literature and culture. I also teach courses in critical theory and postcolonial studies. I have served as faculty director of the UWF Book Club, Troubadour (the student literary journal), Much Ado (the English Major club), and our campus chapter of Amnesty International.
I have published numerous essays in twentieth century and contemporary studies, including work on modernist writers such as Djuna Barnes and Nathanael West and contemporary writers like Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and Tim O’Brien. My first book, Freak-garde: Extraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) traces the arts of the freak show from P.T. Barnum to Matthew Barney and reveals how a form of mass culture entertainment became the basis for a distinctly American avant-garde tradition. I am currently at work on a project that studies the new forms of belonging that posthumanism makes available to us.
2. Selected Scholarship
The Freak-garde: Extraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America