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Graduate Coordinator, Assistant Professor
English
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise 
U.S. literature and culture, critical theory, popular culture and cultural studies.
Courses Taught 
ENGL 316 Forms of Poetry
ENGL 356 The Graphic Novel
ENGL 374/476 Oil Fictions: Reading Along the Transnational Pipelines
ENGL 410 Literary Methods and Practice
ENGL 480 Ethnic Literatures
Also: Cultural Studies: Theory, History, and Practice; Global Ecologies and Transnational Ecofiction
Research Interests 
Narratives and cultures of globalization; cultural geographies and ecologies; energy cultures; working-class narratives; media studies; poetic forms
Education 

Ph.D.  English with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California, Davis, 2009

Selected Publications 

-Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization (Rutgers University Press, 2012)

-“The Rising Tide of Neoliberalism: Attica Locke’s Black Water Rising and the Segregated Geographies of Globalization” in Class and Culture in Crime Fiction: Essays on Works in English Since the 1970s (McFarland & Company, 2014)

-“The Boss and the Workers: Bruce Springsteen as Blue-Collar Icon” in Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to the Jersey Shore (Praeger, 2012)

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