I am a scholar and teacher of contemporary American literature, queer theory and culture, literary theory, affect studies, and film. Currently, I am Assistant Professor of English and Graduate Coordinator of the Master’s in English Program. I received my Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where I was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. From 2014-2015, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Haverford College.
I am the author of Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading (Palgrave, 2017, paperback 2019), co-editor of After Queer Studies: Literature, Theory, and Sexuality in the 21st Century (Cambridge UP, 2019), and guest editor of “Lively Words: The Politics and Poetics of Experimental Writing,” a special issue of College Literature (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019). My essays have appeared or are forthcoming in venues such as GLQ, Mosaic, Stanford Arcade, College Literature, American Literature in Transition 1980-1990, and The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In. I currently serve as an Associate Editor of College Literature.
I am co-founder and former co-director (2015-18) of the English Department's Distinguished Voices in Literature speaker series.
In 2017, I was awarded SUNY Cortland’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenure Track Faculty.
Ph.D. Literatures in English, Rutgers University, 2013
M.A., Literatures in English, Rutgers University, 2009
B.A., English and Women’s Studies, West Chester University, 2006
Other / Non-Degree
Project Narrative, Ohio State University, 2017
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, 2007
After Critical Reading
Forms of the Future in Contemporary Science Fiction
LGBTQ Literatures in Contemporary America
Queer Kinship: Rewriting Family in Contemporary Fiction
Literary Criticism and Contemporary Critical Theory
Queer Theory: Sexuality and Representation
Introduction to Inquiry: Written on the Body
Modern American Multicultural Literature
Introduction to Film Analysis
Sexuality and Contemporary Literature
Postmodern / Postwar Fiction
American Literature 1900-present
Writing about Literature: Literary Theory and Criticism
Temporal Disturbances: Post-1945 American Literature
Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading. Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism Series. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. lxiii + 268 pp. Paperback 2019.
After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation, co-edited with E.L. McCallum, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
“Lively Words: The Politics and Poetics of Experimental Writing,” guest editor, College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, Johns Hopkins UP, forthcoming 2019.
Articles, Essays, Book Chapters
“Inchoate Kinship: Psychoanalytic Narrative and the Performance of Queer Belonging in Are You My Mother?” The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In, edited by Janine Utell, University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming in 2019.
“Thinking Sideways, or An Untoward Genealogy of Queer Reading,” with E.L. McCallum. After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation. Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 1-18.
“The Promise of Experimental Writing.” College Literature, vol. 46, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-31.
“Introduction: The Sonic Politics of Black Experimentalism,” College Literature, vol. 46, no. 1, 2019, pp. 257-59.
“Bad Reading: The Affective Relations of Queer Experimental Literature after AIDS.” Queers Read This: LGBTQ Literature Now, edited by Ramzi Fawaz and Shanté Paradigm Smalls, a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 24, no. 2-3, 2018, 189-212.
“Literature in an Age of Plague: The AIDS Epidemic.” American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990, edited by Quentin Miller, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 256-69.
“Queer Exuberance: The Politics of Affect in Jeanette Winterson’s Visceral Fiction.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, vol. 48, no. 1, 2015, pp. 183-200.
“Critical Immodesty and Other Grammars for Aesthetic Agency.” We, Reading, Now, edited by Julie Orlemanski and Dalglish Chew, a special colloquy of Stanford Arcade: Literature, Humanities, & the World, 2015.
“‘Permeable We!’: Affect and the Ethics of Intersubjectivity in Eve Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 2012, pp. 79-110.
Review of Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission by Kevin Ohi, Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 27, no. 1, 2018, pp. 178-80.
Review of Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies in a Posthuman Age by Tyson E. Lewis and Richard Kahn, symplokē, vol. 19, vol. 1-2, 2012, pp. 392-395.
“How to Do History with Pleasure.” Review of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories by Elizabeth Freeman, Postmodern Culture, vol. 22, no. 1, 2011.
Review of Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality by Dwight A. McBride, College Literature, vol. 33, no. 4, 2006, pp. 223-25.