I hold a PhD in English from the University of Kansas, specializing in British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and critical theory. My work focuses on intellectual history and the relationships between popular resistance and poetry throughout the “long Romantic century” (1740-1848). My dissertation, which I defended with honors (August 2013), examines the political function of Romantic epics.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture at Michigan State University. I taught in, and helped to develop, the first-year writing and humanities program (Core) at Adrian College. I have also taught Introduction to Critical Theory (ENG 308), British Literature Survey in Context (ENG 315), Introduction to Poetry (ENG 210), Composition (ENG 101), and Critical Reading and Writing (ENG 102) at the University of Kansas. Between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I taught at a public high school in the Detroit area, and I hold a Michigan Professional Secondary Teaching Certificate in the fields of English and Psychology.