Welcome to my professional blog, which also serves as my website. Here you will find samples of my current research and writing as well as commentary on the current state of higher education.
I hold a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 19th Century American literature. The focus of my research is on the veterans’ experience during the post-Civil War era and how that experience shaped American culture in the thirty years following the war. This is the subject of my book New Men: Reconstructing the Image of the Veteran in Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, which is forthcoming in the Spring of 2015 with Fordham University Press.
In addition to my research on veterans I am interested in the use of technology for the teaching of writing and literature as well as the use of digital archives and data mining for literary research.
I commonly teach courses in introductory level literature and writing as a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have also taught gateway courses for English Majors and Minors such as the introduction to literary criticism and theory and a survey of American literature from the Early Republic to the First World War.
My service commitments include serving as Assistant Director of English Undergraduate Studies where I was responsible for advising, career counseling, and special projects designed to recruit and retain English Majors. Currently I am an Assistant Director in the First Year Writing Program where I will be assisting in a self-assessment of our program and planning for the future direction of our writing curriculum.
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