Ph.D. in English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012
B.A. in English and Creative Writing, New York University, 2003
Areas of Specialization
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature; American sentimental and women’s novels; slave narratives and African American literature; American fiction; aesthetics; critical theory, including poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, and queer theory
“Aesthetics, Slavery, and Sentiment: The Discourses and Practices of Mastery in the American Renaissance.” Professors Tim Dean (Chair), Robert Daly, and William Solomon. (link)
“From Sovereignty to Ethopoiesis: Literature, Aesthetics, and New Forms of Life,” The Comparatist 36 (2012): 86-106. (link)
“Foucault in His Historical Context,” Interpretation: Theory: History, Eds. James Rovira & Sherry R. Truffin, forthcoming. (link)
“An Archaeology of Slave Management: From ‘The State of War Continued’ to ‘No More Beautiful Picture of Human Society,’” African American Review, under review.
“Melville Among the Heathens: Religion, Race, and Representation in the South Seas,” Melville and Religion, Eds. Brian Yothers & Jonathan Cook, forthcoming.
Instructor, SUNY Buffalo
Writing Composition, “Culture & Identity,” Fall 2005 - Spring 2010
Literary Types: Science Fiction, “Science Fiction & Philosophy,” Fall 2009
Assistant Debate Coach, Harvard University
Harvard Debate Council, the college’s policy debate society, Fall 2006 - present
Assistant Debate Coach, Emory University
The Barkley Forum, the college’s policy debate society, Fall 2003 - Spring 2004
Lecturer/Faculty, National Debate Institutes
High school debate institutes at NYU, Emory, and the University of Texas, 2000-2011
Writer in Residence, Just Buffalo Literary Center
Poetry instruction, 5th and 6th grades, D’Youville Porter Campus School #3, Spring 2007
“The Clinic of Literature: Foucault, Deleuze, and Psychoanalysis.” Paper presented at Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze and Guattari and the Arts, King’s University College, London, Ontario, Canada, May 4-6, 2012.
Organizer and Respondent for a special session on “Nineteenth-Century American Sentiment, Radical or Otherwise” at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2012.
“An Archaeology of Slave Management: From ‘The State of War Continued’ to ‘No More Beautiful Picture of Human Society’.” Paper presented at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 6-9, 2011.
“Sinthome, Writing, Rhizome: New Forms of Life.” Paper presented at the University of Massachusetts-Boston VII Annual Social Theory Forum conference on “Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan for the 21st Century,” Boston, MA, April 7-8, 2010.
“Science Fiction & Sexuality: Le Guin, Butler, Delany and the Limits of Transgression.” Paper presented at the SUNY Buffalo Gender Institute, Gender Across Borders conference on “Globalisms,” Buffalo, NY, April 2-3, 2010.
“The Other Side of the Screen: Jonathan Coe’s The Winshaw Legacy and the Question of Simulation.” Paper presented at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference, Princeton, March 23-26, 2006.
Awards & Honors
Inaugural Department of English Dissertation Fellow, Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
SUNY Buffalo Presidential Fellow, Fall 2005 - Spring 2009
SUNY Buffalo Composition Syllabus Prize, Honorable Mention, 2009
Cross Examination Debate Association National Champion, 2003
Member, Ad Hoc By-Laws Committee, Department of English, SUNY Buffalo, 2007
Graduate student representative to committee tasked with a major revision of the department’s by-laws.
Research & Editorial
Research Assistant, Professor Carrie Bramen, SUNY Buffalo, Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
Provided research assistance to Professor Bramen for her book-length work on the history of American niceness as a political ideology, via the Research Foundation of SUNY. Assistance included archival research in digital and print mediums.
Editorial Committee, Umbr(a), 2007-2010
Editor for Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious, a publication of The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at SUNY Buffalo. (link)
Editorial Board, Theory@Buffalo, 2005-2010
Editor for Theory@Buffalo, an interdisciplinary journal of the humanities housed in the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY Buffalo. (link)