AboutVisiting Lecturer in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington, and managing editor of Africa Today, a leading journal in the field of African studies published by IU Press. My research and teaching interests are in American literary and cultural studies since 1945, multi-ethnic literatures, higher education protest literature, American social protest literature, contemporary transnational and world literature, composition, and pedagogy.
Prior to coming to Indiana University, I lived and taught in Japan and the United States at the high school and college levels. In Japan, I was very active in the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), and my research interests centered on EFL pedagogy, authentic materials and activities development, and using literature in EFL. I presented on these topics at local and national conferences in Japan, as well as organized professional development at my institution.
Outside of academia, I spend time training in jiu-jitsu, cooking with friends, and catching up on pleasure reading or recent Netflix series.
EducationI hold a PhD in English literature with a minor in American Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, having successfully defended my dissertation on December 6, 2019. I also hold an MAT in Secondary Education (English, grades 8-12) from Tufts University, an MA in Literature from IU Bloomington, and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.
PublicationsTrustees and Officers of Indiana University, Volume III: 1982–2018. Edited by Keith Buckley, Derek F. DiMatteo, Linda Fariss, Kelly Kish, and Colleen Pauwels. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 2019.
(107,000 words; 147 biographies; 51 contributors.)
ProjectsMy current research project is titled “Academic Dissent: US Higher Education Protest Literature, 1985–2015.”
Higher education reform has been overlooked by scholars of protest literature, a gap that my project begins to fill by defining academic protest literature and identifying representative works and themes. A mixed-methods project, “Academic Dissent” analyzes how my archive’s texts—cultural works ranging from novels to films to sculptures—protest against higher education’s increasingly private-good orientation as its democratic aims and public-good mission are undermined by the pressures of neoliberalism. By placing education protest within the larger field of American protest literature, this project contributes a cultural dimension to the field of critical university studies.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences
“Teju Cole’s Open City as National Allegory.” 34th MELUS Conference, Awakenings and Reckonings: Multiethnic Literature and Effecting Change. University of New Orleans, April 2–5, 2020.
The Editorial Process of Academic Journals: A Colloquium for Faculty and Graduate Students. Convener and panelist. Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University Bloomington. September 25, 2019.
Conference Organizing for Graduate Students. Co-convened with JesAlana Stewart. Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University Bloomington. April 10, 2019.
Nationalism. Borders. Personhood: A Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium. Co-convened with Professors Rasul Mowatt and Micol Seigel. Sponsored by the American Studies Program, Indiana University Bloomington. February 6–8, 2019.
MembershipsMLA, ASA, ASHE, NCTE, JALT