I completed my Ph.D. in English Literature at Columbia University in May 2005. I have taught for six years (200511) as Assistant Professor of English at Harvard University and two years (201214) as Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently I am a lecturer in the Department of American Studies at UMBC. I have also held two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the National Humanities Center Institute for Advanced Study in Durham, North Carolina (201112) and the other at the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh (Sept. 2014-May 2015). In the summers, I teach gifted middle school and high school students for Duke Talent Identification Program.
In total, I have fifteen years of experience teaching across the interdisciplinary humanities. Additionally, I have published with scholarly journals and major university presses, including Harvard, Brill, Cambridge, and Duke. I will use my professional expertise to help you build analytical writing skills and effective research habits. I have worked closely with students of all circumstances and skill levels, and they have consistently applauded me for effectiveness, accessibility, enthusiasm, and helpfulness of feedback.
Undergraduate Degree: Haverford College - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - PHD, English
SAT Verbal: 720
Publishing, cinema and film criticism, science fiction and fantasy fiction, graphic novels, cartooning, archiving, traveling in Europe and the UK.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to help students discover the pleasures of reading and re-reading. I promise students that delight increases with discernment and that what they learn will also transform their reading experiences beyond the assigned texts. I also stress the practical side of English; good writing is a vital life skill that helps students succeed in coursework across all disciplines and that they carry with them into their internships and careers.