I currently teach English Literature and Composition at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. In 2014, I earned my PhD in Comparative and World Literature with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois. My research areas include 20th century global modernisms and American, French, and German literature with an emphasis in Queer Theory, Feminism and Psychoanalysis. As an English Professor, I have taught World Literature surveys from the Antiquity to Modernism, specially themed literature courses on Queer Studies, The Holocaust, and Ethics, and all levels of rhetoric and composition.
My dissertation, “Queer American Expatriate Writers in France and the Birth of the Gay Modernist Subject” synthesizes a never before written history of interwar queer sexualities in the works of lost and forgotten American expatriate authors and how the established French canon of gay authors and French LGBT culture influenced the construction of an American gay community and identity. An article spun off from this study on Robert McAlmon has been published in the book Paris in American Literatures.
My work on overlooked, queer modernists includes a 2014 article published in College Literature on lesbian author Gale Wilhelm, and an article on Nella Larsen in Existentialist Thought in African American Literature Before 1940. My work on gender studies in World Literature include an article on German author Yoko Tawada in the collection German Women Writers and the Spatial Turn. And an article forthcoming on Kurban Said’s novel Ali and Nino.
I am also a regular contributor to the arts and politics magazine As It Ought To Be and The Lambda Literary Review, and my poetry criticism has been published in Modern American Poetry. In 2016, I guest edited an LGBT-centered edition of MAYDAY MAGAZINE.