Ph.D. English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, with concentration in nineteenth-century American literature and nineteenth- and twentieth-century autobiography, especially the illness narrative; minor in American studies; December 1997
M.A. English, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, May 1990
B.A. English with distinction, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, May 1988
Contingent Selves: The Illness Narrative in American Autobiography
Director: Paul John Eakin
Readers: Ray Hedin, Cary Wolfe, John Woodcock
2000-2002 Assistant Professor of English, Hillyer College, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
First-Year Composition and Introduction to American Literature
2002 College of
Arts and Sciences, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
Nineteenth-Century American Literature (American Renaissance)
1998-2000 Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University
at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana
African American Literature
Introduction to Fiction
American Literature II: 1865 to Present
American Literature I: Colonial to 1865
Composition and Literature
Coordinator of Humanities Writing Lab
1997-1998 Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Prince George’s
Community College, Largo, Maryland
Introduction to Literature
1997 Lecturer, Department of English, Montgomery College, Rockville,
1991-1995 Associate Instructor, Department of English, Indiana University,
Nineteenth-Century American Literature (American Renaissance)
Science and Literature
1992-1993 American Top Universities Program, Indiana University, Bloomington,
Malaysian ESL students
1989-1990 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Rutgers University,
Camden, New Jersey
Intellectual Heritage: 1750-1950
"Aesthetics and Social Critique in Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated by My Illness." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. 32.1 (2002): 97-121.
"Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals: Autopathography as Resistance." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 35.2 (2002): 39-56.
"Civil War Memoirs in the Age of Confession: Washington Augustus Roebling’s Operations of the 5th Corps in 1864." Mickle Street Review: A Journal of Whitman and American Studies. 14 (2001): http://micklestreet.rutgers.edu/
'"This Is . . . Not My Autobiography': The Paralyzed Body and Cultural Critique in Robert Murphy’s The Body Silent." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 14.2 (1999): 241-253. [published winter 2001]
'"some vital unseen presence': The Practice of Nature in Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 7.1 (2000): 79-96.
"Oliver Sacks, The Embodied Mind, and the Value of Desire." Arizona Quarterly 55 (1999): 83-106.
Louisiana Review, Summer 2000.
Louisiana Review, Summer 1999.
Modern Language Association Newsletter, Fall 1998.
CONFERENCE PAPERS ACCEPTED AND PRESENTED
“Demystifying Medical Rhetoric: Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals,” South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, Texas, November 9-11, 2000.
“Tim O’Brien’s and Robert Olen Butler’s Ghostly Narratives,” American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 19-22, 2000.
“Romanticism, Poststructuralism, and the Illness Narrative,” South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tennessee, October 28-30, 1999.
“Oliver Sacks, The Embodied Mind, and the Value of Desire,” Society for Literature and Science, Gainesville, Florida, November 5-8, 1998.
“Nineteenth-Century Therapeutics and the Practice of Nature: Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days,” American Conference on Romanticism, Athens, Georgia, January 22-25, 1998.
“The Technology of Disability and the Promise of Resistance: Robert Murphy’s The Body Silent,” Society for Literature and Science, Atlanta, Georgia, October 10-13, 1996.
“Challenging the Discourse of Biomedicine: Anatole Broyard and Audre Lorde,” Society for Literature and Science, Los Angeles, California, November 2-5, 1995.
“Absence Writing Presence: Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Dallas, Texas, October 5-8, 1995.
“Romancing Pathology: Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated
By My Illness,” American Conference on
Romanticism, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 21-24, 1995.
“Diagnosing the Subject: Narrative and Pathology,”
Engendering Conversations: An
Interdisciplinary Forum, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, April 1, 1995.
INVITED LECTURES AND READINGS
“Of Beaches, Death, and Sex,” Poetry Reading, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana, October 16, 1998.
“‘I’ in the Nineties: The Subject Re-Examined,” A Colloquium on Life-Writing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, February 18, 1995.
“Biomedicine and Autobiography: Two Cancer Narratives,” Continuing Education Program, Aspen Systems Corporation/National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, November 1, 1995.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
American literature and culture
African American literature
Literature of the Vietnam War
ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Hillyer College, University of Hartford
2001-2002 Promotion and Tenure Committee
2001-2002 Academic Standing Committee
2000-2001 Faculty Search Committee, Department of English
2000-2001 Composition Textbook Committee, Department of English
Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana
1999-2000 Chair, Task Force on Developmental Studies
1999-2000 Search Committee, Division Head of Liberal Arts
1999-2000 Workload and Compensation Ad hoc Committee
1999-2000 Academic Advising Training Program
1999-2000 Facilities Planning Committee
1999-2000 Initiated recycling program in Liberal Arts Department to benefit Eunice Elementary School
1999 Career Day, Notre Dame High School, Crowley, Louisiana.
1999 LSUE English Teachers’ Workshop
Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, New Jersey
1990 Whitman Studies Conference Organizing Effort: “Walt Whitman’s Camden”
1989 Whitman Studies Conference Organizing Effort: “Whitman and the Visual Arts”
HONORS AND AWARDS
1989-1990 Walt Whitman Fellowship, Walt Whitman Association, Camden,
1988-1990 Campbell Scholarship, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.
1999-present American Culture Association
1998-present South Central Modern Language Association
1998-present Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
1995-present The Autobiography Society
1995-1999 Society for Literature and Science
1991-present Modern Language Association