Currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Mississippi. My current project focuses on the influence of African American culture in transnational multi-ethnic blues literature. My research and teaching interests include Anglo-North American literatures of the 20th century, African American literature, US Southern literature, and film studies.


2019                Doctor of Philosophy in Literature (University of Mississippi)
Dissertation: “Rambling Blues: Mapping North American Blues Literature Since 1970”
Committee: Adam Gussow (Director) Jay Watson, Leigh Anne Duck, Derrick Harriell, and Tony Bolden (Kansas)
2012               Master of Arts in English (University of Saskatchewan)
2011                Bachelor of Arts in English (University of Saskatchewan)


“‘Traded it off for that Voodoo thing:’ Cultural Capital and Vernacular Debt in Disney’s Representation of New Orleans.” Journal of Popular Culture 49.6 (Dec. 2016): 1224-40.
“‘Destruction of the White Thing’: Representation and Resistance in North American Indigenous and African Canadian Blues Fiction.” The Global South. (Forthcoming).
“That Swampy Sound: The Politics of Identity in Swamp Music” Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies. Eds. Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, Kirstin Squint, and Anthony Wilson. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, Forthcoming)
Jay Watson, Robert J. Briggs, Josh-Wade Ferguson, and Andrew Thomas, “The Cormac McCarthy Journals: The Single-Author Graduate Course.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy. Eds. Stacey Peebles and Benjamin West. (New York: MLA, Forthcoming).


I’m currently working on a book-length project about the influence of African American Culture on multi-ethnic blues literature.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Reading the Blues Diaspora; Or, The Transnational turn in Multi-Ethnic Blues Literature.” Modern Language Association (MLA) National Conference (Chicago). 5 January 2019.


Modern Language Association (MLA)
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
Golden Key International Honors Society

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