2003-2010 University of Texas at Austin

    Ph.D. (December 2010), Comparative Literature
    Dissertation: “The Work of Death in the Americas: Narrative, Necropolitics and the Historical Romance in the Post-Revolutionary Era”
      Director: Martin Kevorkian (English)
      Committee: Nicolas Shumway (Dean of Humanities, Rice University), D. Diane Davis (English), Jossianna Arroyo-Martinez (Spanish and Portuguese), Neville Hoad (Comparative Literature), Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski (Comparative Literature), Joshua Gunn (Communication Studies)
      Research Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French
    M.A. (2005), Comparative Literature
    Report: “Speaking in Two Voices: Sentimentalism, Science, and Social Space in Clorinda Matto de Turner’s Aves sin nido.”
      Directors: Nicolas Shumway and Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
      Second reader: Sonia Roncador

1998-2002 University of Colorado at Boulder

    B.A. (2002), English Literature summa cum laude and Spanish Language and Literature, History minor
    Thesis: “The Abject in Fantastic Horror: Postmodern Technology in Julio Cortázar’s “Las Babas del Diablo” and Hideo Nakata’s Ringu.”
      Director: Eric White
      Distinction honors from the College of Liberal Arts, Phi Beta Kappa (2001)

Academic Appointments

    2014-present Assistant Professor, English, Rutgers University Camden

    2014-2014 Faculty Associate, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison
    2014-2014 Lecturer, English, University of Wisconsin at Madison
    2011-2013 Associate Lecturer in American Literature, University of Wisconsin at Madison
    2010-2011 Lecturer, Wayne State University
    2009-2011 Guest Resident Scholar, Wayne State University Humanities Center
    2009-2010 University Continuing Fellow
    2008-2009 Assistant Director, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas
    2007-2008 Project Leader, Viz. (Visual Rhetoric blog), Digital Writing and Research Lab, University of Texas
    2007-2008 Writing Mentor, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Texas
    2006-2009 Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas
    2005-2006 Teaching Assistant II, Department of English, University of Texas

Additional Appointments, Training

    Digital Humanities Summer Institute (2014)
      Feminist Digital Humanities seminar
        Led by Elizabeth Losh and Jacque Wernimont, the seminar is an intensive study of feminist theories of technological engagement and pedagogy.
        Humanities Hackathon (2012, 2013)
          Hosted by Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and UW Humanities Center Intensive training in and exploration of computational technologies for Humanities research. Topics covered: R, Processing, Game design, Computational techniques for visual-, sound-, and text-based scholarly artifacts.
        Blended Learning Seminar (Summer 2013, Fall 2013)
          Hosted by UW Academic Technology and Education Innovation Core Council Pedagogical workshop on teaching with technology, focused on best practices for a blended learning environment
        Assistant to the Secretariat of the American Comparative Literature Association
          Web monitor (2004-2005) – build and maintain web presence for large academic organization

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

    2014 Fellow, First Book Institute, Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University
    2014 Tuition scholarship, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
    2013 DOIT Blended Learning grant, UW-Madison
    2009-2010 University Continuing Fellowship
    2008 John Slatin MEME Award, Computer Writing and Research Lab
    2008 Graduate Research Assistant, Computer Writing and Research Lab
    2008 Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin
    2007 Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin
    2006 Research Assistantship, Liberal Arts Digital Archive Services project, Supervisor: Frank Whigham
    2004-2005 Assistantship to the Secretariat of American Comparative Literature Association
    2004 Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin
    2003-2004 Research Internship Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin Supervisor: Professor Elizabeth Richmond-Garza


    2011 "A Cuisine of Contre Terms: Consumption, Community and Intralinguistic Struggle in The Prairie,” James Fenimore Cooper Society Miscellaneous Papers 28 (2011): 2-6. Print.
    2007-2008 Contributing editor of Viz. (
      Viz. was awarded the 2009 John Lovas Memorial Academic Weblog Award by the journal Kairos

    2005 Review: Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge by Fulford, et al. in E3W Review of Books

Publications: forthcoming and under review

    2015 "Reading in Slow Motion: Thinking with the Network" (co-authored with Jim Brown). for Networked Humanities (Eds. Brian McNely and Jeff Rice). Under contract with Parlor Press.
    2015 “Books Buried in the Earth: The Book of Mormon, Revelation, and the American Historical Romance” for The Book of Mormon: Americanist Approaches (Eds. Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman). Under contract with Oxford University Press
    2015 “Wearisome Land: Space and Time in West Texas” for Lone Star Rhetoric (Eds. Jennifer Rice and Casey Boyle). Under review with Southern Illinois University Press.
    2016 “Significant Otherness: Companionality in American Frontier Narratives," under review

    Conference Presentations

      “First Person in Translation: Gaming in Kanien’kéha,” Biennial Conference of the Society of Early Americanists. Tulsa, OK, March 2-4, 2017.

      Chair “The Tasks of the Translator,” and Comment “Forms of Translation,” Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summit ‘Translation and Transmission,’ University of Maryland. College Park, MD, and Washington D. C., June 2-5, 2016.

      “Books Buried in the Earth: The Book of Mormon and the Humic Foundations of the National Romance,” Early American Material Texts. Philadelphia, PA, May 25-27, 2016.

      “The Theme of the Three Gravestones,” C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference. State College, PA, March 17-20, 2016

      Chair “Queer Misery: Queer Lives, Queer Texts, and Producing the Possible in Early America,” and Respondent “The Misery of the ‘moral monster’: On Dragging Print Culture in Early National Queer Writings,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada, October 8-11, 2015

      “Significant Otherness: Companionality in American Frontier Narratives,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA, March 19-2, 2015

      "Reading in Slow Motion: Thinking with the Network," Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University. A Digital Humanities Symposium. University of Kentucky Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program. Lexington, KY, February 15-16, 2013. (With Jim Brown)

      “An Errand into the Wilderness, or, The Evening Redness in the West: McCarthy and the American Frontier Melancholy,” Midwest Modern Language Association. Cincinnati, OH, November 8-11, 2012.

      “‘In regard to my land’ Ownership, Citizenship, and Survival in A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Denver, CO, October 11-13, 2012.

      "A Cuisine of Contre Terms: Consumption, Community and Intralinguistic Struggle in The Prairie,” James Fenimore Cooper Society Panel, American Literature Association. Boston, May 26-29, 2011.

      "Moralize This: Wieland's Unsociable Sociality," Biennial Conference of the Society of Early Americanists. Philadelphia, March 3-5, 2011.

      "The Necropolitics of Early American Historical Romance," Early American Borderlands. St. Augustine, Florida, May 12-15, 2010

      “Memory: Archive in the Electronic Age,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY, March 17-20, 2010

      “Drowning in Dead Bodies: The Archive in the Electronic Age,” “Is Aristotle on Twitter?” Panel, South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. Austin, TX, March 13-17, 2009

      “Working Through John Brown’s Body: Death, Responsibility and the Rhetoric of Social Change,” Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, WA, May 23-26, 2008

      “The Shadow of the Other: Exorcising the Native in post-revolutionary American Literature,” National Communications Association, Chicago, IL, November 15-18, 2007

      “Eating your dead: Rituals of Community in Nineteenth Century Inter-American Literature,” American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, Mexico, April 19-22, 2007

      “Spanish in English: Challenging the boundaries of the traditional literature department,” roundtable participant, Academics in Action Symposium, American Literatures Group, Austin, TX, April 19-20, 2006

      “Romancing Necropolitics. Nationalism and Necrophilia in Matto de Turner’s Aves sin nido and Alencar’s Iracema,” Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature, Austin, TX, October 7-8, 2005

      “The Threatened Limit: Postmodern Technology in Fantastic Horror,” Standing panel, Science and Literature, Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November 4-7, 2004

      “Image of the Cannibal in Iberian Conquest Narrative,” Sequels Symposium, Ethnic and Third World Literatures Interest Group, Austin, TX, April 1-2, 2004

    Invited talks and presentations

      ““The Lies that Books Tell: On Speculation in Literature from Plato to Planet X,” NEA Big Read Public Lecture, Rutgers University – Camden. Camden, NJ, November 1, 2016.

      T.V. interview H.P. Lovecraft’s narratives and the horror of the self for Articulate on WHYY Philadelphia view here.

      “Why Won’t This Thing Die?” Seriality, Horror, and The Walking Dead’s Campaign of Exhaustion,” Camden Comic-Con, Camden, NJ, March 7, 2015.

      “Significant Otherness: Companionality in American Frontier Narratives” Keynote, English Graduate Student Conference, Rutgers University – Camden. Camden, NJ, March 6, 2015.


    You can find out more about courses I've designed and taught here

      Rutgers University Camden
        Significant Otherness: a graduate seminar in posthumanist literature and theory
        Vanishing Americans: a graduate seminar on nativism and Native America in early national literature
        American Literary History: survey of the major literary movements from discovery to present


        Break the Text: senior capstone seminar on materiality in literary studies
        Remix. Visions and Revisions of the New World: senior capstone seminar on colonial and postcolonial literatures in the New World
        Literature of the Fantastic: senior capstone seminar on the Fantastic and genre theory
        Early American Women Writers: advanced undergraduate course on colonial and early national writing by women
        American Horror Story: advanced undergraduate course on American Gothic and horror narratives
        Literature and Horror: introductory course on horror in literature
      University of Wisconsin at Madison
        The Frontier in American Literature
        Hack the Text: Moby Dick
        Queer Theory
        Survey of American Literature
        Ethnic and Multicultural Literature

      Wayne State University

        Literature by and about Women
        Introduction to Fiction

      University of Texas at Austin

        Supervised Teaching Practicum (Co-taught with Professor Diane Davis)
        Topics in Writing: Rhetoric of the Body
        Critical Reading and Persuasive Writing: The Idea of the University
        Rhetoric and Writing

    Academic Service:

      Rutgers University Camden:
        English Department:
          Executive Council, 2016-present
          Graduate Committee, 2014-present
          Film and Media Studies Working Group, 2015


          Global Studies Advisory Committee, 2016-
          Alternate Appointee, 2016-2017 TA/GA Grievance Committee
        University of Wisconsin at Madison:
          Digital Literacies Working Group, 2013-present
          An interdisciplinary support and development group for scholars in the humanities whose research and/or teaching draws on computational techniques and environments.
        University of Texas at Austin, Department of Rhetoric and Writing:
          Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2008-2009
          First Year Forum Committee 2007, 2008, 2009

        Society of Early Americanists:

          Judge, Annual essay contest, 2016

        American Comparative Literature Association:

          Conference coordinating, 2007 (Puebla, Mexico)

        Ethnic and Third World Interest Group, English Department:

          Conference Planning Committee 2004, 2005, 2006 (University of Texas at Austin)

        Southern Comparative Literature Association:

          Conference volunteer, 2003 (Austin, Texas)