M.A., English, University of Washington Ph.D., English, University of Washington (Expected Spring 2014)
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
My areas of teaching interest include American literature and cultural studies, transatlantic modernism, feminist and queer studies, critical animal studies, and critical prison studies. A commitment to historicization informs my teaching priorities, and so that students might become better readers of historical processes, I also centrally aim to help students become better readers of the material forms of language. My emphasis on the workings of representation in all my classes betrays my own disciplinary training, but interdisciplinary is as integral to my teaching philosophy as my scholarly pursuits. Thus I frequently highlight how disciplinary assumptions and methods can both enable and limit knowledge production, and further, how interdisciplinary thinking can increase the yields of intellectual inquiry. Most importantly, I push students to query the politics of their assumptions and realize the stakes of their intellectual work, as I hope that when students learn in the classroom, they discover new intellectual passions and political commitments that do not end in the classroom.
Recent Courses Taught
BIS 393 The Politics of Imprisonment
BIS 341 Critical Animal Studies
My current research projects focuses on the interrelationships between emergences in human-animal relationships and transformations in U.S. racial formation over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My research questions sit at the intersection of critical animal studies and feminist, queer, and critical race studies, as I am centrally concerned with how cultural ideas of animality are deployed in the representation of human difference, and further, how actual animals are instrumental to and impacted by human cultural politics. This interest in the “question of the animal” has informed my interest in contemporary politics of imprisonment in the U.S., and vice versa, as contemporary discourses of criminalization often rely upon the figure of the animal for their power and durability. I am currently planning a second project on queer posthumanism, i.e., cultural production that redeploys the animalization of non-normative sexuality to advance a critique of anthropocentrism. This project expands my earlier work beyond the question of the animal to explore multiple areas of posthumanist inquiry, while it attends more centrally to forms of cultural resistance and ranges far into the post-war period.
With Anis Bawarshi, Allison Gross, and David Holmberg, eds. Acts of Inquiry: A Guide to Reading, Research, and Writing at the University of Washington. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2010.
Review of Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory, by Derek Ryan. Woolf Studies Annual 20 (2014), forthcoming.
With William Hunt, Katie Walkiewicz, and Dominique Zino. “The Year in Conferences.”
Review of the 2012 Modern Language Association Annual Meeting Proceedings. ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 59.1 (Winter 2013). 113-131.