2014                  Ph.D. English - The University of Arizona

2009                  M.A. English - San Diego State University

2006                  B.A. English - University of California, Berkeley

Research & Teaching Interests

Nineteenth and twentieth-century American, British, and global Anglophone literature; transatlantic and global modernism; postmodernism; postcolonialism; multi-ethnic American literature; the history and theory of the novel; literary and critical theory.

Academic Employment

2019 -                Associate Professor of English, Palomar College

2015-2019       Assistant Professor of English, Palomar College

2014-2015       English Instructor, SUNY Westchester Community College

Peer-Reviewed Publications


2018                 "Specters of Ideology in Joseph Conrad's Nostromo." Studies in the Novel 50.3 (2018): 359-377. Winner of the 2017 Bruce Harkness 

                            Young Conrad Scholar Award, presented by the Joseph Conrad Society of America.

2014                  "Repetition, Race, and Desire in The Great Gatsby." Journal of Modern Literature 37.2 (2014): 76-91.

Short Essays:

2011                  "'All the World’s a Stage': Performance in Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man." The Explicator 69.4 (2011): 167-170

Other Publications


2020                  Modernism and Subjectivity: How Modernist Fiction Invented the Postmodern Subject (Single-Authored Monograph Forthcoming from                                               Louisiana State University Press. Spring 2020.

Encyclopedia Entries:

2014                  "Cleanth Brooks" and "Nathanael West." Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge, 2014 (in press). Web.

2013                  "Benjamin Franklin," "Jack Kerouac," and "D.H. Lawrence." The Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Eds. Geoff          

                             Hamilton and Brian Jones. MacFarland Press, 2013.

2012                  "The Federalist Papers" and "Phillis Wheatley." The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington. Ed. Adam Shprintzen. Mount Vernon Estate,

                             Museum & Gardens, 2012. Web.

Book Reviews:

2016                  Making History New: Modernism and Historical Narrative, by Seamus O’Malley. Modernism/modernity (23.4): 922-924.

2015                  Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development, by Jed Esty. Joseph Conrad Today. Spring 2015. 

2014                  Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature, by Jennifer Ladino. The Journal of Ecocriticism 6.1 (2014): 5-6.

2013                  Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker, by William Scott. Labor Studies Journal 39 (2014): 88-89.

2011                   As I Lay Dying: A Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Michael  Gorra. Modern Language Studies 40.2 (2011): 87-89.

Textbook Contributions:

2011                  "Tips on Writing Introductions for Essays." A Student’s Guide to First-Year Writing, 32nd Edition, eds. Jennifer Haley-Brown, Caitlin

                             Rodriguez, Jerry Lee. Hayden-McNeil, 2011. 86-87.


Palomar College


2015-                 ENG 50: Introductory Composition, ENG 100: English Composition, ENG 203: Critical Thinking and Composition Through Literature,                                     ENG 205: Introduction to Literature, ENG 230: Introduction to the American Novel, ENG 255: Literature and Ideas,  ENG 270: Popular                                     Literature


SUNY Westchester Community College

2014-2015       ENG 92: Writing for College II, ENG 101: Writing and Research, ENG 102: Writing and Literature                                               


The University of Arizona

2009-2014       ENGL 101: First-Year Composition I, ENGL 102: First-Year Composition II, ENGL 109H: Advanced First-Year Composition, ENGL 300: Literature and Film                                                                     

Pima Community College

2013                  WRT 102: Writing II

San Diego State University

2008-2009       RWS 100: The Rhetoric of Written Argument, RWS 200: The Rhetoric of Written Argument in Context, ENGL 220: Introduction to                                              Literature


Online Courses Taught:

Palomar College

2016                  ENG 100: English Composition (3 sections)

The University of Arizona

2013-2014       AFAS 320: African American Slave Narrative: History & Literature, AFAS/ENGL/GWS 342: Writers, Women & The Gods

Courses Assisted:

The University of Arizona

2011-2014       ENGL 160A: Human Rights in Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature (Instructor of Record: Professor Jerrold Hogle), ENGL 160D: The

                             Monster (Instructor of Record: Professor Jerrold Hogle)


San Diego State University

2007-2008       ENGL 220: Introduction to Literature (Instructor of Record: Professor Quentin Bailey), ENGL 301: The Psychological Novel (Instructor

                             of Record: Professor William Nericcio

Conference Participation

Papers Presented:

2019                  “Skepticism, Critique, and Hope in Conrad.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, CA. November 14-                                  17, 2019.

2016                  "Compartmentalized Dwellings and Compartmentalized Minds: Late Modernism, Subjectivity, and the Mapping of Los Angeles." Modernist

                             Studies Association Conference. Pasadena, CA. November 17-20, 2016.


2016                  "The Perils of Recognition in Fitzgerald’s Leading Men." American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 26-29, 2016.

2015                  "'Mapping the Void': Terror and Redemption in Conrad and Joyce." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Vancouver, BC.

                             January 8-11, 2015.

2014                  "Colonial Consciousness in the Anglo-Indian Novel." American Comparative Literature Association Conference. New York, NY. March

                             20-23, 2014.

2014                  "Black and Red: Ellison, Ideology, and the Problematics of Black Marxism." The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the

                             United States (MELUS) Conference. Oklahoma City, OK. March 6-9, 2014.

2013                  "Repetition, Race, and Desire in The Great Gatsby." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, CA.

                             November 1-3, 2013.

2013                  "'A Large Hollow Sphere': 'Virtual' and 'Actual' Space in Samuel Beckett's Murphy." American Comparative Literature Association

                             Conference. Toronto, ON. April 4-7, 2013.

2013                  "'The people who go to California to die': Swan Songs of Modernism in West, Huxley, and Fitzgerald." The Louisville Conference on

                             Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 21-23, 2013.

2012                  "'Sustaining Illusion': Capitalism and Subjectivity in Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

                             Conference. Seattle, WA. October 19-21, 2012.

2011                  "The Figuring of Tiresias in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway." Pacific and Ancient Modern Language

                             Association Conference. Claremont, CA. November 5-6, 2011.

2011                  "From the Jazz Age to the Beat Generation: The American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Jack Kerouac’s On the

                             Road." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference. Scottsdale, AZ. October 6-8, 2011.

2011                  "The Great Gatsby, On the Road, and the American Dream." New Directions in Critical Theory Conference. Tucson, AZ. April 29-30, 2011.

2010                  "Post-Impressionism, Indeed! Fielding’s Rationalism in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India." South Central Modern Language Association

                             Conference. Ft. Worth, TX. October 28-30, 2010.

2010                  "L’objet introuvable: A Lacanian Reading of Gatsby’s Desire." American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 27-30,


2010                  "Frontier Masculinity in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses." Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

                             Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 10-13, 2010.

2008                  "Slaughterhouse-Five, or Kurt Vonnegut’s Anti-Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Christianity." Northeast Modern Language Association

                             Conference. Buffalo, NY. April 10-13, 2008.

Panels and Seminars Organized:

2014                  "(Re)Conceptualizing Global ‘Capitals’ in Modernist Studies." (Seminar) American Comparative Literature Association Conference. New

                             York, NY. March 20-23. Organizer and Presider.

2014                  "Marxism and Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century." (Panel) Modern Language Association Conference. Chicago, IL. January 9-12,

                             2014. Co-organizer and co-presider.

2013                  "Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture." (Seminar) American Comparative Literature

                             Association Conference. Toronto, ON. April 4-7, 2013. Organizer and presider.


2010                  "Psychopathology in American Literature." (Panel) American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 27-30, 2010.

                             Organizer and chair.

Lectures and Other Events

2019                   "Leaves of Grass: A Walt Whitman Bicentennial Celebration." San Diego Public Library. San Diego, CA. December 11, 2019.

2018                   “Make America Read Again: Reconsidering Classic American Literature in the Age of Trump.” Political Economy Days. Palomar College.

                             San Marcos, CA. April 12, 2018.

2015                  "The Politics and Economics of 'Adjunctification.'" Political Economy Days. Palomar College. San Marcos, CA. October 14, 2015.

2015                  "Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness." Great Books Forum. SUNY Westchester Community College. Valhalla, NY. February 26, 2015.


Institutional Service

2019-                   Faculty Senate - Palomar College

2019-                   Tenure Evaluation Committee for Elizabeth Pain - Palomar College

2019-                   Tenure Evaluation Committee for Lisette Lasater - Palomar College

2018-2019       English 50/50A Committee Director - Palomar College

2017-2018       English 10/50 Committee - Palomar College

2016-                 Palomar College Great Books Seminar (Founder and Chair) - Palomar College

2016-                 Curriculum Committee - Palomar College

2015-                 Professional Procedures Committee - Palomar College

2015-                 Oversight/Grant Funded Projects Committee - Palomar College

2015-2016       English Department Hiring Committee - Palomar College

2015                  Academic Integrity Committee - SUNY Westchester Community College

2014                  Research & Issues Committee - SUNY Westchester Community College

2014                  English Electives Committee - SUNY Westchester Community College

2013                  English Graduate Union Co-Chair - The University of Arizona

2013                  Critical Theory Colloquium Co-Founder - The University of Arizona

2012                  English Department Faculty Hiring Committee Member - The University of Arizona

2012                  Dean’s Advisory Council Member - The University of Arizona

2012                  Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant Judge - The University of Arizona

2007                  Writer Tutor - San Diego State University

Professional Service

2017-2018       Article Reviewer - Conradiana

2017                  Article Reviewer - Mississippi Quarterly

2015                  Article Reviewer - ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews

2014                  Article Reviewer - Teaching American Literature

2012                  Reviewer of Draft Chapters for Culture-Themed Single-Topic Reader - Oxford University Press

2011                  Co-Chair, New Directions in Critical Theory Conference. Tucson, AZ.

2008                  Editorial Intern - Fiction International

2004                  Editorial Intern - City Works Literary Journal

Awards & Fellowships

2017                  Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award ($100 Honorarium) - Awarded by the Joseph Conrad Society of America

2014                  Julie Christakis DeFazio Excellence in Teaching Award ($2500) - The University of Arizona

2013                  David L. Patrick Dissertation Fellowship ($7000 spring semester award) - The University of Arizona

2012                  Writing Program Fellowship ($3000 summer award to promote research) - The University of Arizona

2010                  Ruth Gardner Teaching Award Nominee - The University of Arizona

Professional Memberships


F. Scott Fitzgerald Society

Joseph Conrad Society of America

Modern Language Association

Modernist Studies Association