Assistant Lecturer in English
Office: TAB 270- Idaho Falls campus
MA/PhD, English Literature and Language (2013), University of Tulsa
BA, English Literature and Language (2007), Furman University
I've taught a variety of composition and survey courses in British and World Literature, as well as courses in British fiction, advanced composition, and technical writing. I'm interested in the intersections between popular and literary fiction and my love of television, movies, and video games often finds its way into my teaching. I enjoy having students engage with literature whether that means acting out scenes from Beowulf or writing nature poetry out in the park.
My love of "popular literature" has also influenced my scholarly work. I specialize in Victorian and Edwardian British literature, with an emphasis on adventure fiction and the novel. My research concentrates on the British Empire and colonialism, and I am particularly interested in investigating the intersections between the British, native peoples, and masculinity, especially in the South Pacific. I'm currently exploring in my work how the South Pacific challenges and structures contemporary notions of British identity throughout the nineteenth century.
Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination, Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
"Short Order Citations Relay" co-authored with Catherine Gray, in The Discovery Tool Cookbook, 2016.
"Terror in the South Seas: Violence, Relationships, and the Works of Louis Becke" Australian Journal of Victorian Studies. 20.2 (2015).
"Of Queens and Cannibals: Visions of Leadership in R.M. Ballantyne's Pacific Works," Victorians Institute Journal, 41 (2013)
"Seeking Wild Eyre: Landscape and the Environment in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre", Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, 4.2 (2013)
"Following the Family Trade," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 December 2012, Contributing Author with David Chapman
Guest Lecturer for Samford Univeristy, Daniel House, London Study Center, Fall 2017
ISU- IF Staff Spotlight, October 2017
Faculty Member of the Year, ASISU-IF, 2016
- 3311: Literary Criticism and Theory
- 3307: Professional and Technical Writing
- 2278: Survery of American Literature II
- 2268: Survey of British Literature II- 19th Century to Present
- 2267: Survey of British Literature I
- 2258: Survey of World Literature II
- 2257: Survey of World literature I
- 2211: Intro to Literary Analysis
- 1126: Art of Film I
- 1110: Introduction to Literature
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101/1101P: English Composition