Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of English. Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). Marshall, MN. Fall 2013-present.

Instructor through the Peace Corps. Anshun University (ASU). Anshun, Guizhou, China. Fall 2011-Spring 2013.

Instructor. University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc (UWM). Manitowoc, WI. Fall 2010.

Graduate Student Instructor. University of Florida (UF). Gainesville, FL. Fall 2005-Spring 2010.

Graduate Student Instructor. University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB). Boston, MA. Fall 2004-Spring 2005.

English and French Teacher. Hosanna High School. Baton Rouge, LA. Fall 1999-Spring 2003.

Selected Publications

"Active Postmemory: Testimony Fiction, Multiple Perspectives, and Translation in Everything Is Illuminated." South Central Review 32.2  (Summer 2015): 93-108.

"Two Lunatics: Sanity and Insanity in The Killing Joke.ImageText 8.1 (2015).

“Are They Real and Really Different From Us?: Testimony and Simulation in Radio Free Albemuth." Extrapolation

53.2 (2012): 183-204.

“Unorthodox Iconography: Russian Orthodox Icons in Battleship Potemkin." Film Criticism 33.3 (Spring 2009): 50- 66.

Selected Presentations

“‘Start in the middle’: Emotional Memory and Genre Shifting in We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” MMLA Annual Conference. Cincinnati. Nov. 2017.

“Philip, Philip, and Pipik: From Operation Shylock Towards an Ethics of Listening.” Nordic Summer University. Narrative and Memory Study Circle. Saulkrasti, Latvia. July-August    2017.

“Practical, Pedagogical, and Professional Transformation in the Concurrent Enrollment English Classroom (A Roundtable)” and “Understanding the ACRL’s New Framework for Information Literacy.” MnWe Annual Conference. Marshall, MN. Mar.-Apr. 2017.

“Turn, Turn, Turn: Second Lines and Democracy in the Opening Credits of Treme. SCMLA Annual Conference. Nashville. Nov. 2015.

*"Using Creative Projects to Teach Literature in the ESL Classroom." 2015 International Conference on Applied Foreign Language Studies. Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology. Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Sept. 2015.

"The Walking Dead: Zombies and the Uncanny." The Walking Dead University. SMSU New Works Series. Feb. 2015.

"The Drive to be Human: The Uncanny and the Road in Bennett Sims' A Questionable Shape." MMLA. Detroit. Nov. 2014.

“'I think I should play me': Adaptation as Testimony." SCMLA. New Orleans. Oct. 2013. 

“Rearranging Past Reality: Nostalgia, Simulation, and Testimony in Radio Free Albemuth.” English Graduate Organization Annual Conference. Gainesville, FL. Nov. 2009.

*“Plagiarism in the Chinese Classroom.” Peace Corps In-Service Training. Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Jan. 2013.

*“Teaching with Technology.” Xishui County Teacher-Training Conference. Xi Shui, Guizhou, China. July 2012.

*“Teaching Writing in the Chinese Classroom.” Peace Corps In-Service Training. Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Jan. 2012.

“Re-writing Eden: A Canticle for Leibowtiz as Myth Re-making.” Society for Utopian Studies Conference. Milwaukee. Oct. 2010.

"'I just wrote that I did': Confession as Alteration in the Poetry of Anne Sexton." The 2010 Mardi Gras Conference at LSU. Baton Rouge. Feb. 2010.

“The Sadness of (Not) Seeing: Remembering the Holocaust in Everything Is Illuminated." SAMLA. Atlanta: Nov. 2007.

*Denotes invited speaker


Ph.D. in English. University of Florida.

M.A. in English. University of Massachusetts-Boston.

B.A. in English with Teaching Licensure. Summa Cum Laude. Lee University. 


Member. English for Multi-Lingual Speakers Program Development Team. SMSU Fall 2017-Present.

Secretary. Faculty Association and Executive Committee. SMSU. Fall 2017-Present.

Recipient. Codecademy Freelance Website Development Credential. April 2017.

Member. World Languages Advisory Committee, SMSU, 2016-Present.

Co-Organizer. Campus Book Club. SMSU Fall 2016-Spring 2017.

Director. Alec Bond Essay Contest, SMSU, 2015-Present.

Member. Administrative Hearing Committee, SMSU, 2013-Present.

Member. LGBTQ+ Committee, SMSU, Fall 2013-Spring 2017.

Regional Representative. Professional Peer Support, Peace Corps China, 2012-2013.

Teaching Mentor. University Writing Program Mentoring Program, UF, 2008-2010.

Recipient. University Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Award, UF, 2007.