Literature of the First World War; Propaganda of the First World War (visual and written); European Nationalism; French, German and English literature and culture from 1890 to 1940. I have just retired from nearly 40 years teaching languages at the university and secondary level, and I’m starting a long-anticipated book analyzing WWI propaganda posters in their cultural and historical contexts.
Literature and visual culture of the Middle East & North Africa
I am an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures. My research concerns Korean and Chinese literature and culture, Sino-Korean exchange, and East Asian comparative literature. My primary focus is on the premodern period. I have a particular interest in subjects which reveal a heterogeneous but interconnected East Asian past, such as gender and religion, orality and performance, mobility and diasporas, and literary migrations. I am eager to represent the concerns and interests of colleagues and friends who teach East Asian languages, literatures, and cultures. As a member of the forum, I would draw upon my knowledge, skills, and experiences to facilitate and encourage dialogues about East Asia among scholars across disciplines. I would also like to improve the general audience’s understanding of East Asia’s cultural legacy as an essential part of our modern, culturally nomadic lives. With scholarship in the humanities under ongoing and increasing threat, I strive to voice our hopes of reframingthe role and value of humanities education and of exploring new approaches that benefit our humanities communities, including those that interface with artificial intelligence.
I am a full-time lecturer at UCLA in Writing Programs. My pedagogical and scholarly interests include early modern transnational encounter, English travelers (to the Persian Empire), Safavid Persia, race and ethnicity, and Critical Diversity Studies.