Ph.D. English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
M.A. English Literature, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
B.A. English, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Lifewriting, specifically autobiography; late 19th- and 20th-century British literature
I Love You But I’ve Never Met You: How Does Autobiographical Intimacy Occur?” Literature Compass. Blackwell. Forthcoming 2011.
“Literature and Consciousness.” In The Oxford Companion to Consciousness. Ed. Timothy Bayne, Axel Cleeremans, Patrick Wilken. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2009. 412-13.
Editor, Lifewriting Annual Vols. 1-2. New York: AMS Press, Inc., 2006 and 2008.
“Slipping Away, Sliding Off: Teaching Autobiography as History and Genre.” Approaches to Teaching Lifewriting. Ed. Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes. New York: Modern Language Association (MLA), 2008. 32-37.
“Harriet Martineau.” In An Encyclopedia of Women’s Autobiography. Vol. 2. Ed. Jo Malin and Victoria Boynton. Greenwood Press, 2005. 374-76.
“Generating Selves: Issues of Self-Representation.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 19.2 (Summer 2004): 59-70.
“Narrative and Consciousness: Review Article.” [on Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology and the Brain. Ed. Gary D. Fireman, Ted E. McVay, Jr., and Owen J. Flanagan. New York: Oxford UP, 2003.] Journal of Consciousness Studies. 11.5-6 (2004): 146-55.
“Blurring Distinctions: Autobiography and Identity in Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines.” The Bucknell Review 47.2 (2004): 90-103.
“Agency.” The Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Ed. Margaretta Jolly. Vol. 1. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 28-29.
Reviews in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Boston Sunday Globe, biography, Hudson Review, South Atlantic Review, and
Lifewriting (autobiography, biography, journals, diaries, letters)
CMLIT 100 Introduction to Comparative Literature. Topic–Literature of the Asian
ENGL 004 Basic Writing Skills
ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 030 Honors Freshman Composition
ENGL 182 Literature and Empire
ENGL 200 Introduction to Critical Reading
ENGL 202C Technical Writing
ENGL 222 British Literature from 1798
ENGL 261 Exploring Literary Forms. Topic-Lifewriting
ENGL 263 Reading Poetry
ENGL 265 Reading Nonfiction
ENGL 400 Authors, Texts, Contexts. Topic–Modern Matches
ENGL 401 Studies in Genre. Topic–First-Person Writing
ENGL 414 Biographical Writing
ENGL 452 The Victorians
ENGL 458 Twentieth-Century Poetry
ENGL 481 Literary Theory: Historical Perspectives
ENGL 487W Senior Seminar. Topics–War Stories/Love Stories, Autobiography
Lionheart Award, Penn State Abington
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Travel to Collections Grant
Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies Faculty Fellowship, Pennsylvania State Univ.
Louis A. Bevier Fellowship, Rutgers Univ.
Honorable Mention, Danforth Fellowship Program
Marius Bewley Essay Prize, Rutgers Univ.
Election to the Executive Committee of the Division on Lifewriting, Autobiography, and Biography, Modern Language Association. 2008-2012.
Most students are capable of doing much more than they think they can. I challenge students to come to grips with reading that may be difficult for them in the belief that reading is like physical exercise; the more one does it, the easier it gets. Good writing develops slowly over time, so I take care to plant seeds of information and skills that may bear fruit months or years later. I take students as I find them but am willing to do whatever I can to help them develop their skills and abilities. Wherever they are in their intellectual development, I encourage them to grow new knowledge and skills while they are in my courses and to expect that this growth will continue afterwards. The best result of my teaching is when students beat me at my own game, during a course or later. Then I know I've done my job well.Educational Background: