I received my Ph.D. in English literature from Binghamton University in 2012 when I defended a dissertation entitled, “’To Sing Praises of Butterflies Broken on Racks’: Salman Rushdie’s Vexed Modernity.” This work utilized previously unpublished research materials culled from the Salman Rushdie archive at Emory University.
My academic interests center on comparative and transnational approaches to literature, and I’m intrigued by the interplay between form and politics in works of fiction. I’m especially interested in the work of Edward Said. He continually informs my thinking about literary analysis and the role of criticism in the world.
My essays have been published in Modern Language Studies, Universitätsverlag WINTER Heidelberg, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, with more forthcoming and under review at The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, Studies in the Novel, The Explicator, and Purdue University Press. Daemen College provided faculty research funding for me to attend the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University during the summer of 2013. While there, I took courses with Helena Buescu and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, conducted research in Harvard’s vast library collections, and participated on a pedagogy roundtable. My panel proposal, “Salman Rushdie in the 21st Century,” was recently accepted by the Modern Language Association for its 2014 conference in Chicago.
Travel is important to me. I’m interested in developing new ways students at Daemen can experience the larger world while appreciating the diverse peoples and cultural traditions that shape the greater Buffalo area. I like to play guitar and the drum kit, go hiking, see obscure films, and, when it’s warm enough, do some ‘barefoot’ running around Delaware Park. I’m also a dedicated foodie, both as an amateur cook and a connoisseur of different cuisines from around the world. When I’m not enjoying the cultural delights around Buffalo, I’m probably somewhere in central Europe. I hope to improve my German enough so that I can be conversant beyond politics and cooking.