Ph.D. student in English literature
University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A./Ph.D. program. Arnhold Graduate Fellow, 2009–10. Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012–13. Advanced to candidacy, 5 September 2014.
English, 2002. Overall GPA: 3.62/4.0 (does not include transfer credit). Major GPA: 3.72/4.0. Area of specialization: nineteenth-century British literature.
Spring–Summer 2001. Semester GPA: 3.57/4.0. Semester-long Intensive Language Program with coursework in German language, literature, history, and society. Concurrent enrollment with the University of California, Berkeley. All coursework in German.
1999. Overall GPA: 4.0/4.0. Valedictorian, Honors in English, Phi Theta Kappa. Coursework in literature, writing, journalism, philosophy, sociology, history, mathematics, and science.
Literature CS 114,
Life after the End of the World: Postapocalyptic Narratives and Thoughts of the Unthinkable (Upper Division).
Course on post-apocalyptic fiction, emphasizing very close readings of post-apocalyptic novels, short stories, and films, and including attention to a variety of religious texts. Recurring thematic concerns include the construction and deployment of claims made by genre texts to reveal implicit structures of the extra-literary world outside of the text, and social-intellectual backgrounds that these claims presuppose as
Introduction to Literary Studies: Deception, Dishonesty, and Bullshit (Lower Division).
Introduction to the academic study of poetry, drama, prose fiction, and essays, with an emphasis on developing close-reading methodologies and strategies for writing about literature. Discussion is focalized to allow students to leverage existing understandings of questions of honesty and dishonesty to develop sophisticated hermeneutic methodologies.
Science Fiction: Other Worlds, Other Lives (Upper Division).
Survey of developments in the science fiction genre across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as represented by novels, short stories, a play, and a film. Course focalized discussion of genre tropes and the hermeneutic practices required by the genre through the lenses of alterity and the imagination of alternate possible configurations of gender and political relations.
Life After the End of the World (Upper Division).
Course on post-apocalyptic fiction, emphasizing readings of novels and post-apocalyptic narratives from a variety of religious texts informed by phenomenology, biopolitics, and post-structuralist, Marxist, and psychoanalytic theory. Particular attention paid to the construction of everyday background assumptions and shared social understandings. GSA Excellence in Teaching Award was granted based on this course.
Contemporary American Literature (Upper Division).
Course on post-World War II American authors, focusing on the most recent quarter-century, including five novels and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Particular emphasis on the narrative construction of temporal and historical understandings and on the construction of imagined alternatives to present social structures.
American Liteature, 1900–present (Upper Division).
Course on twentieth-century American authors, with particular emphasis on the development of twentieth-century understandings of individual, group, and national identity, primarily focalizing discussion through the close examination of small-town novels.
Studies in American Regional Literature: Southern Literature (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Spring 2014. Course on regional literature of the American South, with emphases on developments in twentieth-century novel form, history and culture of the South, the South as an oral culture, and on theoretically informed close reading methodologies.
Detective Fiction (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Winter 2014 and Fall 2012. Course on detective fiction from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, concentrating on the English-language noir tradition and on epistemic and evidentiary concerns inherent in the genre, and with a particular emphasis on developing analytical and creative writing skills.
Anglo-Irish Literature (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013. Reading-heavy course on Irish literature from 1880 onwards, focusing on development of identity and nationalist sentiment as instantiated in literary productions of this period.
Introduction to Literary Studies (Lower Division). Teaching Assistant, Spring 2013. Gateway course for the English major at UC Santa Barbara, focusing on developing analytical reading and writing skills and understanding of basic conventions of poetry, drama, and fiction.
Comparative Literature/English 133TL:
Transpacific Literature (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Winter 2012. Course on Pacific Rim literatures, cultural encounters and (mis-)perceptions, and imaginative representations of transpacific cultures.
English/Environmental Studies 122LE:
Introduction to Literature and the Environment (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Fall 2011 and Fall 2010. Interdisciplinary survey reading for environmental thematics in texts ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh through Milton's Paradise Lost and the environmental movement of the 1960s.
British Literature, 1789–1900 (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011. Course on British Romantic/Victorian literature, with emphasis on poetry and development of revolutionary/liberatory textual concerns and strategies.
American Literature, 1900–Present (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Winter 2011. Course on twentieth-century American authors with particular emphasis on the development of twentieth-century racial identities and of modernist form.
Academic Writing (Lower Division). Teaching Assistant, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, and Spring 2015. Standard freshman composition course at UCSB, involving weekly small- or large-scale writing assignments and emphasizing students’ critical awareness of their own writing process and development of essay structure, style, voice, and phrasing. Readings emphasized linkage of reading and writing processes and the development of critical thinking skills.
College writing courses. Writing Tutor, January 2012–May 2013.
Provide feedback on student papers as necessary. Encourage development of self-editing responsibilities and other traits and practices related to ownership of a student's own writing process.
Orienteering, Computers I. Summer Instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College, June–July 2005.
Taught courses as part of a summer enrichment program for high-school students, primarily those from low-income families and those who anticipate being first in their families to attend college. Developed curricula, lectures, and presentations for classes. Tracked and reported student grades. Organized out-of-class activity trips for students.
Literature, German, philosophy, and college mathematics through trigonometry. Tutor, October 1996–June 1999 and January–September 2003.
Tutored students individually and in small groups. Designed review curricula and study aids to meet student needs. Served as conversational English tutor for international students.
Horse-Trade, Mule-Trade, Woman-Trade: Comparative Economic Geographies in William Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy. Panel presentation at the 38th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, University of Mississippi, Oxford. Presented on 20 July 2011.
Modern Technology's Problems and Promises." Presented at the First Annual Student Writers' Conference on Culture, Environment, and Technology at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon, 6 June 1998.
In balance with this life, this death: An Archaeology of Suicide in Twentieth-Century Literary Culture. Dissertation under the supervision of Professors Candace Waid, Enda Duffy, and Glyn Salton-Cox.
Trading on the Panopticanonical: The Strange Forgery Case of the 'Hitler Diaries.'
Blindness and Ideology: A Walk Through Postindustrial Capitalist Representations of Space.
One of three RAs working under the supervision of Alan Liu on this ambitious project that assembles a large corpus of public discourse about the humanities with the goal of analyzing these texts using machine-reading technologies in order to determine
what is actually being said about the humanities. Assisted with selection of encoding schemas, development of topic-modeling methods, and selection of elements of corpus.
Elected position as campus representative sitting on the legislative body of the union representing 13,000 TAs, readers, tutors, and other academic workers at the University of California.
Very competitive campus-wide award recognizing graduate student excellence in teaching. Received award for winter 2013 course, English 165EW,
Campus-wide award recognizing excellence in teaching, creative and innovative teaching methods, and rapport with students. Nominated, but did not receive award.
Competitive fellowship awarded to two students annually, providing full academic funding and stipend to cover living expenses.
Philosophy department award, presented for excellence in personal academic work and in providing tutorial assistance to other students. One presented each year.
English department award. One presented each year.