Bradley Hall 369
Ph.D., American Literature, Loyola University Chicago
I teach American literature and culture of the 19th-20th and 21st century. My particular focuses are literature of affect and literature of trauma – sentimental and transcendentalist writing in 19th century, and cold war middlebrow culture in the 20th century are my usual focuses. I also teach film and mixed visual-verbal texts, such as graphic novels, and composition. Currently, I am developing a course on Ralph Ellison, a course on film adaptations of novels, and a literary theory course. My teaching philosophy focuses on helping students make their work in college strategic and intentional.
I am revising a book manuscript about representations of Asia in cold-war popular culture as these echo abolitionist discourse from the 19th century. I am in early stages of another manuscript called “An Aesthetic of Pain” that tracks the strategies by which witnesses to trauma record their narratives.
I’ve published articles on Ridley Scott films and Disney films. I’ve also published an article about the rhetoric of Tom Dooley’s memoirs and how this echoes the groundbreaking (for its day) and world-touring photographic installation “The Family of Man.”
I also have two articles under review right now. One is about “The King and I” as a Cold War film that motivated Americans to intervene in the political doings of Asia. The other is about remembrance of the Okinawa invasion in the popular press in relation to the film “Teahouse of the August Moon.”
My goal in my scholarship is to make academic and scholarly writing accessible to readers who are not literary specialists.
I am a member of the Undergraduate Studies committee and the LAS Agenda committee. I have served on the Women’s Studies Committee, and I am acting as advisor to Sigma Tau Delta. I am also PTO secretary for Calvin Coolidge Middle School.