received his PhD in English
from the CUNY (City University of New York ) Graduate Center
He is an Assistant Professor of English
in the English Department
and Women's Studies Program
at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
He has, improbably, been teaching college for a decade. He's taught Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddam" in Kabul; JG Ballard's Crash in Chattanooga; and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm.
He loves traveling, and has been to improbable places like Northern Cyprus, Nicaragua, and Norway.
He likes lists of three things, speaking in the third person, and his corgi Phineas Finn.
He is literally overwhelmed with excitement about spending the academic year 2017-2018 in Zimbabwe.
PhD in English: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), 2013
MA in English: University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
BA in English: Tulane University, 2003
Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors
Selected Grants, Honors & Awards
Fulbright Core Teaching/Research Fellowship, Zimbabwe, August 2017- May 2018; 10 month grant to teach at National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, and conduct research on Bulawayo's literary history, past infrastructure, and current programs for encouraging creative writing and literary production
UTC Faculty Pre-Tenure Enhancement Program Fellowship, “The Market In/And/For African Literature” to conduct library and archival research in Austin, TX; Bloomington, IN; Leiden, Netherlands; Uppsala, Sweden; and Mainz, Germany, and to present at 2017 African Literature Association conference in New Haven, CT
UTC Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, High-Impact Teaching Grant, "Lemonade: The Lecture," Spring 2017 (week-long series of events reflecting on the intellectual and cultural content of Beyonce's Lemonade; 250 unique local attendees to three events; more than 600k views online)
UTC Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, High-Impact Teaching Program Grant, “Refugees, At Home in Chattanooga: The Transnational (African) Novel,” Fall 2016 (students produced promotional materials for The Bridge Chattanooga, a refugee resettlement organization)
NEH/National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities,” Indiana University, Summer 2016
UTC Office of Equity and Diversity Grant to conduct research in Ghana; “Whose African Literature? A Materialist Analysis of the Market Of/And/For African Fiction,” Summer 2016
Download current CV here.