Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D: English, University at Albany—SUNY, 2003.

BA: Literature, Bard College, 1998.


Associate Professor (NTT), Temple University, 2013-

Assistant Professor (NTT), Temple University, 2006-2013

Instructor, James Madison University, 2004-2006

Visiting Assistant Professor, James Madison University, 2003-2004

Instructor, University at Albany—SUNY, 2001-2003


“Slavery and the Afrofuture in Samuel R. Delany’s Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.” “Speculating Futures,” Parnassus Award-winning special issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora 42.1-2 (Fall 2016): 204-217.

“Scripture, Psyche and Women in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain. Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International. 5.2 (2016): 182-201.

“Nella Larsen.” Oxford Bibliographies Online–American Literature. Ed. Jackson R. Bryer and Paul Lauter. New York: Oxford University Press, Spring 2017 [updated].

“Passing and the State in Junot Diaz’s “Drown.”” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US 38.2 (Summer 2013): 111-126.

“Not Even Past”: Race, Historical Trauma and Subjectivity in Faulkner, Larsen and Van Vechten. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010. Reviewed in Modernism/Modernity 17.4 (November 2010): 945-7.

“Psychology and Black Liberation in Richard Wright’s Black Power (1954).” JML: Journal of Modern Literature 32.4 (Summer 2009): 105-124. Revised version in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance, eds. Jane Anna Gordon and Cyrus Zirakzadeh.. University of Kentucky Press, 2018.

“Trauma Studies and Faulkner’s Sanctuary: Sex, Sexuality, Race, and American Literature.”Genders 42 (Fall 2005).

“Memory as Fetish: Light in August.” In Michael Zeitlin, ed., Méconaissances: Misrecognition, Race and the Real in Faulkner’s Fiction. Special issue of Études Faulkneriennes (Presses Universitaires de Rennes [France]) 4 (Fall 2004): 113-126.

Recent Presentations:

“Ghosts of 1919 in Gwendolyn Brooks.” MLA Convention. Chicago, 3-6 January 2019.

“Resistance and Affect in Richard Wright.” MLA Convention. Philadelphia, 5-8 January 2017.

“White Upper-Class Femininity and Black Girls’ Political Imagination in Zora Neale Hurston.” Celebrating African American Literature and Language: Race and Resistance. Penn State, 26-28 October 2016.

“Scripture, Psyche and Woman in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 4-8 November 2015.

“Black Novels and the Archive.” Institute for Critical and Social Theory, The New School for Social Research. 14-21 June 2015.

“Psychology and Black Liberation in Richard Wright’s Black Power.” Lessons in Resistance: Richard Wright as Social Critic and Political Thinker. University of Connecticut, 11-13 May 2015.

“Race, Queerness and the Neoliberal State in Junot Díaz.” MELUS Conference, Pittsburgh, 14-17 March 2013.

“Race and Affect in Richard Wright’s Savage Holiday.” American Studies Association, Baltimore, 20 October 2011.

“Ghettoization and the Straight State in Junot Diaz.” Celebrating African American Literature: Race, Sexuality and African American Literature. Penn State University Africana Research Center, 30 September 2011.

“Assmilation and Queer Melancholy in Junot Diaz.” Northeast Modern Languages Association, New Brunswick, NJ. 9 April 2011.

“The New “New South,” the Global, and Traumatic Time in Richard Wright’s The Long Dream.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, New Orleans. 8 April 2010.

“‘To Glorify the Negro’: Photographic Shock and Blackness in Carl Van Vechten’s Portraiture.” English Department Colloquium, Temple University, 24 September 2009.

“Masculinity, Whiteness and Trauma in Richard Wright’s Savage Holiday.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. University of Louisville, 19 February 2009.

“Fallout: Nuclear Bombs and Nuclear Families in Wright’s Late Fiction.” MLA Convention, San Francisco. 27 December 2008.

“Richard Wright: Memory and the Black Atlantic.” American Literature Association, San Francisco. 23 May 2008.

Courses Taught:

African American Literature I (1749-1905) and II (1905-1976)

American Literature I (1600-1860) and II (1860-1976)

American Woman: Visions and Revisions. A Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies/American Studies upper-division literature course.

Analytical Reading and Writing. A First-Year Writing course for the general population.

Analytical Reading and Writing ESL. A First-Year Writing course for speakers of English as a second language.

The Harlem Renaissance.

Honors Reading/Writing/Literature for ESL students.

Introduction to English Studies.

Introduction to Academic Discourse. A First-Year Writing course for less-proficient writers; since 2007 I have specialized in teaching this course.

Introduction to Academic Discourse ESL. A First-Year Writing course for less-proficient speakers of English as a second language.

Representing Race/ Honors Representing Race. A General Education course; meets Studies in Race requirement.

Studies in American Modernism: Modernism and Photography. A “capstone” course for graduating seniors.

Professional Service:

Member, ENG 0711 Syllabus Committee, Summer 2019. This committee revised the syllabus for ENG 0711, the First-Year Writing course for less-proficient ESL students.

Member, Undergraduate Committee, 2017-2018. Department-level committee tasked with curricular and strategic matters related to undergraduate education.

Co-Chair and Organizer, LGBTQIA Faculty Research Group (Center for the Humanities at Temple), 2017-2018. Brought three outside speakers to campus for talks and seminars; conducted a works-in-progress group for TU faculty.

Member, NTT Search Committee for First-Year Writing, Summer 2017

Member, English Department Strategic Planning Committee. Chair of a subcommittee on the inclusion of non-tenured faculty in Departmental affairs. Fall-2016-Spring 2019

Member, English Department Lectures Committee, Fall 2016-Spring 2017.

Member, LGBTQIA Faculty and Staff Coalition, Fall 2016-.

Member, ENG 0701 Syllabus Committee, Spring 2015-Spring 2016. Authored “Goals” and “Grading Standards” documents for two First-Year Writing Courses. Contributed to syllabi and assignments intended for Program-wide use.

Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty LGBTQ Issues, Faculty Senate, Temple University, Spring 2016-Spring 2018.

Member, English Department Merit Committee, Fall 2014-Summer 2016.

Member, ENG 0812 Syllabus Committee, Summer 2015. This committee revised the syllabus for ENG 0812, the main First-Year Writing course for ESL students.

Member, First-Year Writing Technology Committee, Fall 2011-Fall 2013. This committee measured writing instructors’ use of computer-based learning technologies, and explored software, content-delivery and pedagogical strategies with the potential to improve student outcomes.

Leader, Teaching Circle, Temple University First-Year Writing Program. Spring 2019, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2007. Coordinated pedagogical support and portfolio review for multiple instructors; in Spring 2009, convened a sub-committee to assemble a dossier of student work for grade norming.

Member, English 0701 Curriculum Review Committee, Spring 2011-Fall 2011.