Part-Time Lecturer

B.A. English and Ethnic Studies (minor), University of California, Berkeley
M.A. English, University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.C. English, University of Washington, Seattle

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.

Courses Taught

BCUSP 107: Globalization and the Aesthetics of Hip Hop
BCUSP 120: Hip Hop Autobiographies
BCUSP 131: Learning to Lead: Collaboration in Diverse Contexts
BIS 265: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
BIS 313: Issues in Media Studies: Bigger than Hip Hop-Music, Media and Politics
BIS 351: Topics in American Culture: The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur
BIS 390: 19th Century American Literature
BIS 391: 20th Century American Realism: from Henry James to Jay Z
BIS 490: Senior Seminar: Hip Hop and the Art of Visual Storytelling
BIS 490: Senior Seminar: The Chronicles of Ye: Kanye West and the Hero’s Journey


My research interests include global hip hop culture, American and Comparative Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Comparative Ethnic Studies and public scholarship. I am also interested in late nineteenth century American literature, realism and turn-of-the-century political and practical (everyday) conceptions of race, nation and empire.

Projects and Publications

The Tupac Shakur Reader, edited volume with James Braxton Peterson, forthcoming.

“White Privilege 2,” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, 2016.

Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education, co-edited with Amanda Gilvin. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012.

"Many Moons: Hip Hop, Global Mass Culture & The Planetary Popular". On The Boards Podcast, February, 2010.

"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

2009-2010: Associated Students (UW Bothell) 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