Position: ​Professor

Department: English Language & Literature
Campus Address: Anspach 224
Phone: 989-774-3417

Courses: Undergraduate
  • ENG 460: Senior Seminar
  • ENG 441: Contemporary English Prose
  • ENG 435: Studies in Texts
  • ENG 345: Studies in Authors
  • ENG 340: Modern British Literature
  • ENG 332: Contemporary Literature and Thought
  • ENG 236: Romantics to Present
  • ENG 234: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • ENG 201H: Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 201A: Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 134: Introduction to Literature
  • FYE 101: The First Year Experience
Graduate
  • ENG 665D: Seminar in World Literature
  • ENG 635D: Seminar in English Literature
  • ENG 569A: Seminar in Major World Writers
  • HUM 797: Visions of the Modern City: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • HUM 635: Seminar in English Literature

Areas of Expertise:

  • British modernism, transatlantic modernism, global modernism, contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, nineteenth-century British literature, literary and cultural theory, literature and the urban experience, expository writing.

About:

I am currently an Assistant Professor of English at Central Michigan University, where I teach courses in British modernism, global modernism, modern and contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, survey courses in English literature, and introductory courses to literary analysis. I was born in Birmingham, England and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield before moving on to graduate studies at the University of Southern California. My publications include interdisciplinary articles on nationality and religion as well as articles on the interrelations between urban theory and literature. My first book, Writing the City: Urban Visions and Literary Modernism, provides the impetus for my latest project entitled Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary.

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, 2015-present
  • Associate Chair, Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, 2015-17.
  • Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, 2010-2015.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, 2003-2009.
  • Senior Lecturer, Advanced Writing, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 1999-2003.

Degrees and Universities:

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California 1999.
  • M.A., University of Southern California 1992.
  • B.A., Hons., English Literature, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1989.

Honors and Recognitions

  • 2008 Teaching Excellence Award, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Central Michigan University.
  • 2007 University Excellence in Teaching Award, Central Michigan University.
  • 2000 Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society Professor of the Year Award, University of Southern California.
  • 1996 Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California.
  • 1995 Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarship Award, University of Southern California.
  • Kenneth T. Owler Memorial Scholarship, University of Southern California.
  • 1992 Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Recognition Award, University of Southern California.

Publications

Books
  • Writing the City: Urban Visions & Literary Modernism. Routledge: New York, 2003. 224 pages.
  • Guest Editor. “Shaw & the City.” SHAW 30: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Penn State UP, 2012.
Book Chapters
  • “Shaw’s London,” George Bernard Shaw in Context, ed. Brad Kent. Cambridge UP, 2015, pp. 29-36.
  • “Staging the City: Bernard Shaw and the Production of Urban Space.” SHAW, vol. 32, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-15.
  • “‘The Dead’: Joyce’s Epitaph for Dublin.” Joyce and the City: The Significance of Place. Ed. Michael H. Begnal. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2002. 123-38.
Articles
  • “Utopia and Endless War: Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.” SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, vol. 39, no. 2, 2019. pp. 158-82.
  • “The Urban Imaginary and the Space of the City.” Konteksty—Polska Sztuka Ludowa, vol 62, no. 3-4, 2008, pp. 5-20.
  • “Bearing Witness: Heartbreak House and the Poetics of Trauma.” SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 26 (2006): 6-26.
  • “The Power of Place: Richard Wright’s Native Son.” College Language Association 40.3 (March 1997): 367-79.
  • “Edward Said’s Theory of Orientalism and the Literature of the Crusades.” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 9 (Spring 1994): 175-190.

Book Reviews

  • Rev. of Shaw and Feminisms: On Stage and Off. Eds. D.A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds. Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 42.7, 2013, pp. 835-41.

Conference Presentations

  • Seminar Organizer, “Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • “City of Signs: Japanese Urban Modernity and Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai.” 2020 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • Irish Studies Permanent Section Panel Organizer, Chair, and Respondent: ““Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers.” 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL November 14-17, 2019.
  • “Modernist Continuums: Zadie Smith’s NW and the Urban Imaginary.” 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL November 14-17, 2019.
  • Irish Studies Permanent Section Panel Organizer, Chair, and Presenter: “Consuming the Nation: Bernard Shaw’s ‘War on War’ and the Militarist State.” 2018 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, November 15-18, 2018.
  • “Utopia and Endless War: Bernard Shaw and the Urbanization of Creative-Destructive Capitalism.” 2017 MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia. January 5-8, 20-17.
  • Irish Studies Permanent Section Panel Organizer, Chair, and Respondent: “Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising and the Poetics and Politics of Memory.” 2016 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. St. Louis, Missouri November 10-13, 2016.
  • Dubliners and the Aesthetics of Trauma.” Anniversary Joyce. XXV International James Joyce Symposium, London, June 13-18, 2016.
  • “James Joyce: Memory, History, and Trauma.” 2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014.

Professional Organizations:

  • Modern Language Association
  • International James Joyce Foundation
  • International Shaw Society
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • American Conference for Irish Studies
  • National Council for Teachers of English

Areas of Research:

  • British modernism, transatlantic modernism, global modernism, contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, nineteenth-century British literature, literary and cultural theory, literature and the urban experience, expository writing.

Special Projects:

  • Guest Editor. “Shaw & the City.” SHAW 30: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies (forthcoming, Penn State UP, 2010).
  • Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary (in progress)