Visiting 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.


I 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.


Trustees 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.)


My 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.



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