• I teach and write about 20th- and 21st-century fiction, hope and utopia, technology, and animals.

    I have published the following books:

    My writing appears in journals such as Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, James Joyce Quarterly, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Critique, and Twentieth-Century Literature.

    I have lectured at the James Joyce Summer School in Dublin, Ireland, and at Trinity I have served on committees such as Promotion and Tenure, University Senate, and the UCC. 

    I teach “Literature and Self Reflection” in the Literature and Life FYE, Literary Methods, The Literary Imagination, and seminars such as Animal Studies and Modern Fiction, Animal Intersections, James Joyce’s Ulysses, Toni Morrison’s America, and Realism to Postmodernism and Beyond.

    • Ph.D., Cornell University
    • M.A., Cornell University
    • M.A., The University of Texas-Austin
    • B.A., American University
    • On Fiction and Being a Good Animal. Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2024.
    • Doing Animal Studies with Androids, Aliens, and Ghosts: Defamiliarizing Human-Nonhuman Animal Relationships in Fiction. Environmental Cultures series. Bloomsbury, 2023.
    • Hope, Form, and Future in the Work of James Joyce. Bloomsbury, 2022. (Paperback 2023)
    • Hope and Wish Image in Music Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
    • Modernist Fiction and News: Representing Experience in the Early Twentieth Century. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

    Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters
    • “Nonhuman Animals and Hope: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Modern Fiction Studies 69.3 (Fall 2023).
    • “Hope, Hunger, and Spiritual Liberation in Joyce’s Dubliners.” James Joyce Quarterly 59.1 (Fall 2021).
    • “The Future of Joyce’s Portrait: The Künstlerroman and Hope.” Dublin James Joyce Journal 9 (2016).
    • “Storytelling and Alienated Labor: Joyce, Benjamin, and the Narrative Wording Class.” Journal of Modern Literature 38.2 (Winter 2015).
    • “The Music of Wish Images: Walter Benjamin, Filesharing, and Utopia.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 26.2 (June 2014).
    • “Like the Odyssey, Only Different: Olympian Omnipotence versus Karmic Adjustment in Pynchon’s Vineland.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 55.1 (2014).
    • “David Foster Wallace and Lovelessness.” Twentieth-Century Literature 59.4 (Winter 2013).
    • “George Saunders and the Postmodern Working Class.” Contemporary Literature 53.3 (Fall 2012).
    • “The Perverse in Historical Perception: Anne Frank and Neutral Milk Hotel in the Aeroplane over the Sea.” Resounding Pasts: Essays on Literature, Popular Music, and Cultural Memory. Ed. Dragoslav Momcilovic. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.
    • “The Cat’s Meow: Ulysses, Animals, and the Veterinary Gaze.” James Joyce Quarterly 46.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2009).
    • “Reading Gravity’s Rainbow After September Eleventh: An Anecdotal Approach.” Postmodern Culture 13.1 (September 2002).
    • 20th- and 21st-century fiction
    • critical animal studies
    • critical social theory
    • hope
    • James Joyce
    • modernism
    • technology
    • utopia