Welcome to my professional blog, which also serves as my website. Here you will find samples of my academic writing and teaching materials.
I hold a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 19th and early 20th 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 published in 2015 by 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 university service commitments include working 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. I have also served as an Assistant Director in the First Year Writing Program where I helped manage a self-assessment of our program and plans for the future direction of our writing curriculum.
My service to the discipline includes a current position as the Anglophone/American Literature Director for the Northeast Modern Language Association where I help select and promote panels for the annual convention, read manuscripts for organization awards, and assist in selecting fellowship applicants. I have also served as a reviewer for numerous academic journals including Civil War Literature, The Journal of Southern History, and Studies in American Fiction.
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