Teacher, monster scholar, theater critic, cat fancier.

Co-Editor, Supernatural Studies


Ph.D. (2009), English (Victorian Gothic), Fordham University

M.A. (2000), English, Special Concentration in Irish Literature & Culture, Boston College

B.A. (1997), English & Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio College, Alamo Community College District (1993-1995)


“This Land was Made for You and Me: The Rise of the Oppressed in Land of the Dead,” forthcoming from the Journal of Popular Culture.

“The Gothic,” “The Castle of Otranto,” and “A Christmas Carol” [signed entries] in Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend. Ed. June Michele Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonseca. Greenwood/ ABC-CLIO, 2016.

“Mass Production and the Spread of Information in Dracula: ‘Proofs of so wild a story.’” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 52: 4 (2009):  440-57.

“Mary Elizabeth Coleridge,” “Bell’s Life in London,” “The Social-Democrat” [signed entries] in Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism.  Ed. Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor.  British Library/ Academia Press, 2008.

“‘No nation wanted it so much:’ Mythic Insanity in the Development of an Irish Literature.”  The Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium.  Harvard UP, 2007, pp. 385-95.

“Where There’s a Rime, Is There a Reason?  Defining the Personae in Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”  The Coleridge Bulletin (2002-2003):  63-8.


Book in Development: “Haemo-Goblins: Vampiric Infection and Popular Science from the Cold War to the Information Age”

Book in Development: “Keep Beach City Weird: Theorizing Steven Universe” (co-editor and contributor)

Manuscript under Consideration: “The String of Pearls before Swine: Class, Crime, and Cannibalism; or, the Demon Barber as Bourgeois Bogeyman”

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Conference Coordinator, Inaugural Supernatural Studies Association Conference, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY, 23 March 2018

NeMLA, 12-15 April 2018: Roundtable Co-Chair, Rethinking the University Landscape (paired with A Culture of Collaboration) and Co-Presenter, “Slacking Off & the Drive to Succeed: Extending the Urban Campus Footprint”


Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association

Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association

Professional Staff Congress, City University of New York

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