I'm an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. I specialize in 19th century American literature and media history.
At the University of Iowa, I specialize in 19th century American literature, media history, and the history of writing technologies, with broader interests in material culture, digital archives, and 21st century literacies. I'm currently finishing my dissertation on technologies of authorship and realism in the Age of Edison, the founding age of technological media in the United States between 1870 and 1920. Before coming to Iowa, I studied English and Film at Syracuse University, received an M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and an additional M.A. in English Education at Brooklyn College. I taught three years of high school English in Brooklyn, where I began to develop my interest in digital pedagogies and alternative models of education. I look forward to sharing and learning more about new methods of teaching that incorporate technology as a means of self-expression and self-reflection. I'm especially interested in the history and future of writing, specifically work that tries to bridge the gap between past and present and self-consciously think about digital media in the context of previous (non-digital) techniques for marking up paper and other surfaces.