I graduated with a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009. I joined Kent in 2015 as Lecturer in American Literature. Previously I was Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemporary American Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, USA.
I am affiliated with the Centre for Gender, Sexuality, and Writing; the Centre for American Studies; and the research cluster in the medical humanities.
My research interests include contemporary American literature, twentieth century American literature, gender and sexuality studies, African American literature, utopian literature, transnationalism, and affect theory. I have published essays on Colson Whitehead, Toni Morrison, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and William S. Burroughs. I recently co-edited a special issue of Cultural Critique titled “What Comes After the Subject?”
My first monograph Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature (University of Iowa Press), which examines the often denigrated place of utopian literature and theory within the contemporary American literary landscape is due out in 2017. I am currently at work on a second monograph project tracing an aesthetics of cognitive mapping in contemporary American literature.
Office: W4.E5 (Rutherford)
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- American literature
- Twentieth-century American literature
- Contemporary American literature
- Modern and contemporary literature
- Gender and sexuality studies
- African American Literature
- Multi-ethnic American literature
- Utopian studies
- Critical theory
During the academic year 2016/17 I will be teaching on:
EN677 The Contemporary (Stage 2)
EN658 American Crime Fiction (Stage 3)back to top