Spanish culture and literature, travel literature, food in literature
early American literature, archives, maps and exploration narratives, environmental humanities, scholarly communication, geography, travel literature, digital humanities
Research interests include comparative and world literature; global Anglophone; cultural encounters and travel literature between East (Near East and South Asia) and West; race in global Arab literature; satire and dark homour; postcolonial and postmodern theory.
I am Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University and Associate Director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. I completed a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. My first monograph, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh UP, and my forthcoming book is titled Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2018). I teach courses in Victorian literature, literature and medicine, the Health Humanities, and women’s travel writing. I convene the Health Humanities Seminar at the Glasscock Center and a grant on “Global Health and the Humanities.”
African language literature (especially that in Gəˁəz, Amharic, Hausa), Anglophone African literature, early African literature, African film, African women authors, history of the African book, African manuscript cultures, African female saints, and queer African studies; as well as race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature, comparative African and European studies, postcolonial literature, Chicana/o literature, African American literature, comparative hagiographies, gender and sexuality, memoir, indirection and censorship, travel literature, manuscript studies, prison literature, intellectual autobiography, and supernatural monsters.
Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Exploration Literature, Popular Culture, Travel and Tourism Studies
My interests include: medieval literature and culture, digital humanities, race and representation, French film, early modern French literature, pre-modern global travel.
20th-century British literature; George Orwell; creative nonfiction; travel writing; teaching and learning
French/European cinema, transnational cinema, Francophone film and literature, cultural studies, photography, travel narratives
Research interests include: weather and climate; early Canadian literature; 18th-century British literature; explorers’ journals; settlers’ writing; travel writing; literature and science; animal studies.