I recently received a Ph.D. in English with doctoral certificates in American Studies and Film Studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and currently teach at Queens College, CUNY. I specialize in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, film and media studies, and the interrelations of literary and technological culture. My articles have been published in Modernism/modernity, the Journal of the Short Story in English, and Studies in American Naturalism. At present, I am working on a book project that examines U.S. writers’ critical engagement with the screen from pre-cinematic media to early motion pictures.


Ph.D., English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, June 2017 Certificates in American Studies and Film Studies M.A., English, New York University, May 2010 B.A., Psychology, minor in English, Rutgers University, May 2004


JOURNAL ARTICLES “What the Veriscope Saw: Stephen Crane, the Prizefight Film, and Unreliable Spectatorship.” Modernism/modernity 25.1 (2018): 161-184. “Housebreakers and Peeping Toms: Voyeurism in John Cheever’s Early Suburban Stories.” Journal of the Short Story in English 66 (2016): 303-321. “‘Striking Stereopticon Views’: Edith Wharton’s ‘Bunner Sisters’ and Nineteenth-Century Magic Lantern Entertainment.” Studies in American Naturalism 7.2 (2012): 135-150. Winner, Robert H. Elias Essay Prize. BOOK REVIEWS “Modernism, Media, and the Virtual.” Review of Virtual Modernism: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era by Katherine Biers. Journal of Modern Literature 39.2 (2016): 105-110. MEDIA PUBLICATIONS The Navigator (Kino Lorber, 2012). Contributed audio commentary track, with Robert Arkus, for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Buster Keaton’s 1924 feature film. Becoming Charley Chase (VCI Entertainment, 2009). Collaborated on audio commentaries for eleven silent comedies from 1915-25. Appeared in supplemental documentary on the film actor/director.

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