I am a scholar and teacher of contemporary literature, queer theory and culture, literary theory, affect studies, and digital media. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland. In 2013, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Haverford College. I received my Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where I was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. I also attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell 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: Affect and the Politics of Queer Experimental Literature. This project was supported by grants from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, which supported primary archival research at Duke University and Ohio State University. An excerpt from the manuscript was recently published in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. For more information about my ongoing research projects, click on Research and Publications.
In addition to my research, I regularly teach courses on contemporary literature, postmodernism, science fiction, queer theory, globalization, and digital popular 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 and events, click on News.