I am a scholar and teacher of postwar and contemporary fiction, queer theory and sexuality studies, popular culture, and digital media. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Writing Fellow at Haverford College. In 2013, I received my doctorate in Literatures in English from Rutgers University.
My primary research project examines forms of “bad reading” in queer experimental writing, 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 revising this project in my book manuscript, Bad Reading, Bad Writing: Affect and the Politics of Queer Experimental Writing. This project was supported by grants from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, which enabled me to perform primary archival research at Duke University and Ohio State University. I have recently published an excerpt from the manuscript in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. For more information about my research, click on Publications.
In addition to my research, I regularly teach courses on postmodern and contemporary literature, theories of gender and sexuality, globalization, and digital culture. For a complete list of my courses and a brief discussion of my pedagogical philosophy, click on Teaching.
For a list of my upcoming and past talks or events, click on News.