I am a scholar and teacher of contemporary literature, queer theory and culture, literary theory, affect studies, and new media. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland. I received my Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where I was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. I have attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Haverford College.
My current book project examines forms of “bad reading” in queer experimental literature, from Stonewall to the present. Studying authors as diverse as William S. Burroughs, Samuel Delany, and Jeanette Winterson, the project argues that writers turn to queer experimental writing to challenge the prevailing social protocols for critical reading. Using hallucinatory forms, dispersed narratives, and other experimental styles, these writers expand the affective relations readers can enact with texts. By doing so, they challenge historically specific prohibitions on queer sociability and broaden the available representational modes for queer critique.
I am currently completing this project in my book manuscript Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading (under contract, Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism Series). This project has been supported by multiple grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Jacob K. Javits Foundation. Excerpts from the manuscript have been published in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.
I am also co-editor, with E.L. McCallum, of After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation (under contract, Cambridge UP), an anthology devoted to the intersecting legacies of queer theory and literary studies. This volume maps the influences that made queer theory’s academic emergence possible and charts the trajectories that shape its continued evolution.
In addition to my research, I regularly teach courses on contemporary literature, sexuality, literary theory, multicultural literature, postmodernism, queer theory, and popular culture. For a list of my recent courses, click on Teaching.
For a list of my upcoming and past public talks and events, click on News.