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Teaching Associate Professor

2011, PhD English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Certificate in Women’s Studies. Duke University

Certificate in Criticism and Theory,  The School of Criticism and Theory. Cornell University


My research concerns the rise of the information age and how individuals and groups are positioned relative to the acquisition, control, and reproduction of knowledge. Genre development and conceptualizations of fingerprinting, biotechnological enhancement, and the organization of data show that it is the ability to control information over time that matters to authors such as Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, William Wells Brown, Octavia Butler, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, and Jeffrey Vandermeer. These concerns affect what counts as the continuity of experience and historicity for writers in relation to definitions of literary realism, especially within the genres of science fiction and gothic literature.

I also teach research methods courses in Writing in Health and Medicine and have significant experience in the fields of intensive care, medical research in the hospital setting, and the editing of science and medical research.


  • “Innovation and Stasis: Technology and Race in Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson.” Configurations: A Journal of Science, Literature, and Technology. 2009.
  • “Lunsford Lane.” The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: an Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African American Writing (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). General editor William L. Andrews.

Teaching Awards

  • Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2018

Courses Taught:

  • English 105/i
  • English 123 Introduction to Fiction
  • English 128 Major American Authors
  • English 146 Science Fiction and Dystopian Literature
  • English 691H and 692H: Literary Representations of Children and Reproduction with the Rise of Human Genomics and Cloning
  • Special topics within the courses listed above:
    • American Literature: The Frontier to Afrofuturism
    • Speculative Fiction within an Eco-Critical Model
    • The Rise of the American Gothic to Contemporary Dystopian Literature
    • Speculative Fiction: Possible Worlds and the Power of Narrative and Genre.
    • The Form and Function of Fiction from the Gothic to the Dystopic.
    • The Rise of Science Fiction and Dystopian Literature from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century


Curriculum Vitae / Resume