Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2004
CV, select publications, and sample syllabi available on academia.edu
Taking a "cultural rhetoric studies" approach, my research and teaching address several topics that fall loosely in or near the field of American Studies. My first book, Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism (UPM 2015) examines the influence of anticommunism on the politics of race in the United States in the two decades after WWII. It begins and ends with discussion of how "Red Scare Racism" returned with the election of the first African American President. Read more about the book by taking the links at the bottom of this page.
I am currently working on a second book project that has developed from regularly teaching an undergraduate course at OU on graphic novels. Entitled Comics, Cruelty, and the New Ecology, the book will examine recent graphic novels, comic book memoirs, and new works in critical theory that engage with the terrible confluence of two global phenomena: neoliberalism and climate change.
An article that introduces my ideas on cruelty in recent graphic novels can be read in the online media studies journal SCAN.
ENGL 5703 Cold War Sexuality, Queer Theory, and Cultural Rhetoric Studies
I have supervised PhD qualifying exam prep, MA exam prep, and PhD/MA directed readings on the following topics:
5960 Directed Readings in Graduate Research
ENGL 4013 James Baldwin: Literature and the Long Civil Rights Movement
ENGL 4233 Derrida and the Question of the Animal
ENGL 3403 The Graphic Novel: Comic History
ENGL 3883 Introduction to American Drama
ENGL 2883 American Literature, post-1865 (Literary Histories of Stupidity)
ENGL 2773 Early American Literature
Undergraduate Honors Advising:
I have advised Honors College research projects on the following topics. Students interested in working with me for HON 3960/3980 should email me to propose a topic and request a meeting early in the semester prior to the term in which they will enroll for the Honors directed reading/research.
Office: Cate 2, Room 337
Research and Teaching Interests:
cultural rhetoric studies; post-45 American literature; Cold War culture; Civil Rights Movement; literary and critical theory; queer theory; the graphic novel; environmental literature, ecocriticism, and the new materialism
Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism (University Press of Mississippi 2015)