Ph.D. English, University of Washington, Seattle
M.A. English, University of Washington, Seattle
B.A. English and Ethnic Studies (minor), University of California, Berkeley
Mailing: Box 358511, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
Each of us approaches education from a unique social location, a personal history and context. I often teach through the rubric of popular culture because it’s one of those places where our understanding of the world may likely ‘overlap’ and intersect. I am not suggesting that we always agree on the definition and/or the merits of popular culture; quite the contrary. However, I believe culture becomes ‘popular’ because it speaks to something familiar in our understanding of ourselves as social beings – for better or for worse. The key is tracing out what that ‘something’ is and learning from it in a way that informs an active response to the present. I strongly believe that knowledge is made both inside and outside of the classroom, and for this reason, I encourage an ethics of mutual respect, difficult dialogue, and persistent, critical reflection about our practices in the university and in our various communities.
Recent Courses Taught
BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies
BIS 265 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies: Music, Media and Politics
BIS 351 Topics in American Culture: The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur
BIS 379 American Ethnic Literatures
BIS 490 Senior Seminar: Hip Hop and the Art of Visual Storytelling
BISAES 367 Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
American Literature and Realism, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies
Projects and Publications
- Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education, co-edited with Amanda Gilvin. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012.
- “Affect, Ethics, and the Imaginative Geographies of Permanent War: An Interview with Derek Gregory.” With Keith P. Feldman and Anoop Mirpuri. Theory & Event 12.3 (2009).
- “Antiracism and Environmental Justice in an Age of Neoliberalism: An Interview with Van Jones.” With Keith P. Feldman and Anoop Mirpuri. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 41.3 (2009): 401-415.
Honors and Awards
- 2019-2020 UW Bothell Division of Student Affairs “Faculty Champion Award” recipient
- 2009-2010: Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell (ASUWB) “Annual Faculty Award” recipient
- 2009-2010: Principal Investigator, “Reading Group at Stafford Creek,” funded by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center
- 2006-2007: University of Washington Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2004, 2006, 2008: Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellowship, Imagining America
- 2004-2006: Co-Principal Investigator, “Public Rhetorics and Permanent War,” funded by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center