Curriculum Vitae


PhD in English Literature and Critical Theory, Indiana University, May 2015.
Dissertation: “Tropical Goods: Modernism and the Global Market.”
Dissertation committee: Judith Brown (chair), Purnima Bose, Shane Vogel, and Scott Herring.

MA, English Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2008.

BA, with Honors, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina 2005.


Assistant Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Mary Baldwin University. 2019—present. Teaches courses in 20th century global literature, modernism, and composition. Supervises and trains Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs) to teach first-year composition.

Assistant Professor of English, School of Liberal Arts, Georgia Gwinnett College. 2015—2019.
Taught composition and literature courses at various levels.

Instructor, School of Liberal Arts, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2015. Taught first-year composition.

Assistant Director of Elementary Composition, Department of English, Indiana University, 2011-2013.  Revised and developed curriculum and course materials for Indiana University’s freshman writing course in consultation with the Director of Composition. Helped train and supervise new Associate Instructors.

Local Expert and Media Trainer, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012-2013. Trained Indiana University Associate Instructors in CompClass, an online composition suite.

Associate Instructor, Department of English, Indiana University, 2007–2011.
Taught composition and literature courses at various levels.


Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant Garde. Co-editor, with Jessica Martell and Philip Keel Geheber. University Press of Florida, 2019.

“Here There Will be No Unhappiness: Chocolate and Langston Hughes’s Utopian Impulse.”  Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant Garde. Co-editor, with Jessica Martell and Philip Keel Geheber. University Press of Florida, 2019.

How to Read a Banana: Global Modernism and Global Food Chains.” Modernism/modernity (PrintPlus). Vol 4, Cycle 2. May 2019.

Book Reviews:

Jessica Martell, Farm to Form: Modernist Literature and Ecologies of Food in the British Empire (Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2020). Studies in the Novel (Vol 53, No. 2, Summer 2021).

Paul Stasi, Modernism, Imperialism, and the Historical Sense (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012). In Time Present, Nov. 2014.


“Start a Side Gig.” Inside Higher Ed. 29 Jan. 2015.

Presentations and Invited Talks

Faculty Panelist: “Remembering bell hooks.” Keynote Lecture by Professor Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin. Mary Baldwin University. 2022.

“Here There Will be No Unhappiness: Chocolate and Langston Hughes’s Utopian Vision.” Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, 2018.

“Chocolate’s Capitalist Utopia.” Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 2015.

“Of Blooms and Bananas: An Experiment in Commodity-Focused Criticism.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2013.

“Coca-Cola: The Sublimated Essence of All that America Stands For.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, KY, 2013.

“Golden Satisfiers of American Desires.” Seminar Paper. Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Las Vegas, 2012.

“A Harmless Remedy for the Blues is Imperial: Cocaine, the Efficiency Movement, and Race Violence.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, 2012.

“Developing a Teaching Ethos for the Indoor and Outdoor Classroom.” Invited professional development workshop for Indiana University Outdoor Adventures, Indiana University, 2011.

“Golden Satisfiers of American Desires: Or, What Can Bananas Teach Us About Modernism?” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, 2011.

“Whose Gandhi? Of Gandhi, Gandhis, Gandhists, and Gandhism.” Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference, Indiana University, 2009.

“Designing Syllabi for Exams and Beyond.” Pedagogical Performances and Other Practical Matters. Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) Works in Progress Roundtable, Indiana University, 2009.

“Is It Permanent Revolution or Slow Death? Re-thinking the Radical Politics of Claude McKay’s Banjo.” Purdue Graduate Symposium, Purdue University, 2008.

“Black Skin, White Gaze: The Construction of Black Identity in The Birth of a Nation and Borderline.” Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Media, Northern Illinois University, 2008.

“Turned Turk: Figuring Renegadoes in The Algerine Captive and American Captives in Tripoli.” Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference, Indiana University, 2007.

“The Paradox of Authenticity in Heidegger’s Being and Time.” Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2005.


Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (nominated, finalist). Mary Baldwin University, 2021.

Annual Teaching Award (nominated). Georgia Gwinnett College, 2016.

J. A. Robbins Memorial Fund Prize, Department of English, Indiana University. Career award for advanced graduate study in the field of American Literature, 2012. $250.

Mary Gaither Prize, Department of English, Indiana University. Awarded to best essay in British Literature for “Whose Gandhi? Of Gandhi, Gandhis, Gandhism, and Gandhists in Mulk Raj Anand, R. K. Narayan, and Raja Rao,” 2009. $200.

The Reading for Analytical Writing Teaching Portfolio Award. Department of English, Indiana University. Awarded for best teaching portfolio by a first-year instructor, 2008. $150.

First Year Graduate Fellowship, Department of English, Indiana University. Awarded to fund the first year of graduate study, 2006. $14,000.


Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia

Modern Literature: 300-level course on Anglophone modernist literature. 2020-present.

The Poetics of Hip-Hop: 200-level course on hip-hop culture and English poetics. 2021.

Borderless Poetics and Expression for a New Time: 200-level course on ancient Mexica and Latinx poetics co-taught with US Poet Laureate emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera and Dra. Brenci Patiño. 2020.

Introduction to Global Literature, 20th Century India: 200-level course on 20th century Indian literature emphasizing India’s pre-colonial roots, the British Raj, the Bengali Renaissance, Gandhian resistance, partition, and modern India. 2019.

The Writer in the World: Professional Writing:  200-level course in business writing and communication. 2020.

Introduction to Literature: 100-level course introducing students to fiction, poetry, and drama. 2019.

College English:  100-level course in analytical writing and research. 2019.

Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Globalizing Modernism: 400-level special topics course on European, Indian, and Latin American modernism. 2018.

Intro to Poetry and Poetics: 200-level survey of poetic forms and genres, with emphasis on Harlem Renaissance and Beat Generation poetry. 2019.

American Literature II: 200-level survey of American literature from 1865-present that emphasized the experience of marginalized groups. 2016, 2017.

College Composition II: 100-level course in academic writing emphasizing rhetoric, analytical thinking, and research. 2015, 2017-18.

College Composition I: 100-level course in academic writing emphasizing argumentative genres, analysis, citation styles, and basic research. 2015-2018.

Support for College Composition: Designed curriculum and taught a supplementary composition course emphasizing the writing process, basic writing skills, and English grammar. 2015-2017.

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Introduction to Fiction: 100-level introductory course on the theme of escape and fiction. 2013.

Argumentative Writing: 200-level course in rhetoric and advanced argumentation. Students analyzed and composed arguments across written, visual, and oral mediums. 2010, 2011.

Professional Writing Skills: Taught a rhetoric-based approach to technical and business writing. 2010.

Introduction to the Study of Literature: Taught a discussion section in conjunction with Prof. Dana Anderson and two other section leaders. Wrote and delivered an interactive lecture on social class and literature. 2009.

Introduction to College Composition: Introduced first-generation college students to the conventions of college writing in an intensive, six-week summer course for the Indiana University GROUPS program. Taught in collaboration with two other instructors and one tutor. 2009, 2010.

English Grammar Review: Taught course covering English grammar, emphasizing the rhetorical effects of grammatical choices. 2009.

Basic Writing: Developed syllabus and taught the basics of college writing in a genre-based composition course. 2008-09.

Elementary Composition: Developed curriculum and taught introductory courses in analytical college writing. 2011-13, 2007-08.


University Service

Member, Presidential Search Committee. 2022-23.

Faculty Representative, MBU Board of Trustees Buildings and Grounds Committee, 2021-22. Attends BOT meetings and reports committee decisions to MBU faculty.

Parliamentarian, Mary Baldwin University (2020-present).

Member, GGC Annual Awards Committee, 2017-19. Assists with ranking nominees for student, staff, and part-time and full-time faculty awards. Writes award commendations.

Member, Student Engagement Committee, 2018-19. Organizes and participates in programs and workshops designed to increase faculty-student interactions and to promote student professionalization, such as an annual English major resume workshop, a conference paper workshop, an African-American Read-In event.

Member, Composition Committee. Georgia Gwinnett College, 2015-2017.

Member, Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC). Indiana University, 2009-2011.

Steward, Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), Indiana University, 2008-2009.

Service to the Profession

Manuscript review: Modernism/modernity (2020).

Professional Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of English, 2019-present.

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 2013-present.

Modernist Studies Association, 2010-present.

Modern Language Association, 2008-present.

Professional Development

Mary Baldwin University

Member: Community Engaged Learning Faculty Cohort. 2021–22.

Attendee: Virtual Forum on ePortfolios. AACU Annual Conference Workshop. Jan. 2022.

Attendee: Conference on College Composition and Communication. April 2021.

Participant: “A Conversation on the Future of Hip Hop in the Academy, with A.D. Carson.” Virginia Technical University. March 2021.

Trainee: Achieve by Macmillan (individual training session). March 2021.

Participant: “Race-Talk Skills for Crossracial Communications” with Dr. Bedelia Richards. Mary Baldwin University. Sept. 2020.

Participant: “Antiracist Baby: A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. NCTE Online Seminar. July 2020

Participant: “Antiracist Teaching with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.” NCTE Online Seminar. June 2020.

Participant: New Faculty Reading Group: Nihil Nimus, Mary Baldwin University, 2019.

Georgia Gwinnet College

“SOTL as Scholarship: How can The Big Tent Inform our Teaching?” CTE Institute, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2017.

Experiential Learning Workshop, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2017.

Student Motivation Training, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2017.

BB Collaborate Training, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2017.

ePortfolio Workshop, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2016.

Active Learning Track, Georgia Gwinnett College 2015.

New Faculty Academy, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2015-16.

Plain Language Online Course, National Institute of Health, 2014.

PowerPoint 2010: Slide Masters, 2011.

Word 2010: Publishing Research and Longer Documents, 2012.

Proseminar in the Teaching of College Composition, 2007.