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 a statement of teaching philosophy and sample syllabi.
I hold a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 19th Century American literature. The focus of my research is on the representation of veterans in the post-Civil War era and how that experience created our conception of what it means to be a veteran today. 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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