"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. "

- Franz Kafka


  • PhD: English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • American and European Modernism
  • Africana Studies
  • Social Justice Studies
  • Modern Drama
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Bob Dylan & American History and Memory
  • Samuel Beckett

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 102: Writing II
  • ENGL 214: Introduction to Drama
  • ENGL 220/SJST 200: The Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 226/SJST 220: The Holocaust and Literature
  • ENGL 323: Survey of British Literature
  • ENGL 341: Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL 400: Major Figures: Virginia Woolf
  • ENGL 400: Major Figures: Bob Dylan
  • ENGL 422: Irish Literature
  • ENGL 424: James Joyce
  • ENGL 434: African-American Literature
  • ENGL 442: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • ENGL 459/CRIT 459: Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENGL 460: Modernism
  • HONR 117: The Sopranos: The Psychopathology of Everyday Violence
  • HONR 119: The Music of New York City: 1950-2011
  • HONR 137: American Gothic: The Films of David Lynch
  • HONR 218: Bob Dylan and America

Research, Publications, & Presentations


  • Bob Dylan Before the Law. Paper Presented and Special Session organized The Persistence of Bob Dylan: Damaged Life, Endurance, and History. MLA Annual Conference. Selected as part of the Presidential Theme. Toronto. January 2021.
  • Searching for Dignity: Various Versions of a Prophetic Calling. Paper Presented at The World of Bob Dylan Symposium. The University of Tulsa Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. June 2019.
  • Listening to the Other: Bob Dylan and Empathy. Invited Lecture delivered at the conference New Approaches to Bob Dylan. University of Southern Denmark. Odense, Denmark. October 2018.
  • Obsolete Technology: Beckett and Hollis Frampton. Paper Presented at the Conference Beckett & Technology. Charles University. Prague, Czech Republic. September 2018.
  • "Love Songs, Broadsides, and Prophecies: The Problem of Empathy in Bob Dylan" Roundtable Contribution to 'The Dividing Line Ran Through the Center of Town': Bob Dylan’s Border Crossings. NeMLA Conference. April 2018.
  • Bob Dylan’s Performance of Gender. Paper Presented at the Comparative Drama Conference. Baltimore. March 2016.
  • Inscrutable Activities: Samuel Beckett and Conceptual Art. Paper Presented at the Inaugural Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society. Phoenix. February 2015.
  • “Alone in Deserts of Parchment": Historical Guilt/Historical Traces in W.G. Sebald and Susan Howe. Roundtable Contribution to A Literature of Historical Guilt. NeMLA Annual Conference. Boston. March 2013.
  • Bilderverbot, Photography, and the Ethics of Mimesis. Paper presented at the conference Mimesis Now: Literature, Art, Film, New Media. University of Rochester. April 2012.
  • What Ever Happened to Irish Modernism? Panel organized and chaired. NeMLA Conference. March 2012.
  • Embodied Voices, Inscribed Space: Beckett’s Late Drama In Circulation. Paper Presented at the Comparative Drama Conference. Baltimore. March 2012
  • Ash Awaits Us: Entering the Archive with Beckett. Presentation made at the conference Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive. York, UK. 2011.
  • "Hybrids Absorbed in Hybrid Literature": Wallace Stevens between Reality and Conceptual Art. Paper Presented at the Annual NeMLA Conference. Rutgers University. April 2011.
  • Obsolescence, Amnesia, Archive: Beckett Performing Testimony Across Media. Paper included in the 2009 Samuel Beckett Working Group Seminar at The International Federation of Theatre Research Annual Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. July 2009.
  • Exhibiting Virginia Woolf’s Urban Affiliations: An Undergraduate Research Project at Alfred University. Panel organized with Alfred University undergraduates for the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Fordham University. New York, Ny. June 2009.
  • Archiving Oblivion in The Novels of Samuel Beckett and W.G. Sebald. Paper presented at the Samuel Beckett Society Panel. MLA Annual Convention. San Francisco 2008.
  • Modernism in New York: Emergence of the Global City. Designed and led seminar at the annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association. Nashville 2008.
  • New York Dada and the Harlem Renaissance: Identities in Motion. Paper Presented at New York: City in Motion: An Interdisciplinary Conference. New York Institute of Technology. March 2006.
  • Testifying Against the Archive: Reading Beckett with Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. Paper Presented at the Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 2006 Conference: "Beckett at 100: New Perspectives." February 2006
  • Interventions in the Future of Memory: The Holocaust in Film and Drama, Paper to be Presented at The Future of Memory: An International Holocaust and Trauma Studies Conference. University of Manchester, UK. November 2005.
  • The Archival Gesture in Krapp’s Last Tape, A paper included in the 2005 Samuel Beckett Working Group Seminar at The International Federation of Theatre Research Annual Conference. (Chair: Linda Ben-Zvi). June 2005.
  • Brecht and Beckett Constructing Modern Citizenship Paper Presented at the New Scholar’s Forum of The International Federation of Theatre Research Annual Conference. June 2005.
  • Helped to organize and presented the paper Mrs. Dalloway and the Rest of the World: Reading London from Istanbul at the conference Theory in an Uneven World: A Workshop on R. Radhakrishnan’s Recent Book. University of Massachusetts. April 2005.
  • Marcel Duchamp and Early American Modernism, Paper Presented at the 2005 conference of the American Comparative Literature Association. March 2005.
  • Modernism, Exile, and New York Dada: A Reconsideration of Marcel Duchamp and Wallace Stevens, Paper Presented at the Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture Conference. February 2005.
  • "Perpetually Contradicted:" Private Memories and History: Freud and Virginia Woolf Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Woolf in the Real World. June 2003.
  • Listening to Memory: Brecht, Beckett and the Crisis of Modern Memory, Paper presented at the 2003 University of Vermont Graduate Conference, Reconstructing Worlds: The Response-ability of Memory. April 2003.

Research & Publications

  • “Questioning Modernist Poetry: Feminist Poetics in the Classroom” essay in Teaching Modernist Women Writers. edited by Janine Utell. Modern Language Association Press. July 2021.
  • “Listening to the Other: The Problem of Empathy in Bob Dylan.” essay in New Approaches to Bob Dylan. edited by Anne-Marie Mai. University of Southern Denmark Press. June 2020.
  • Review of Bob Dylan’s Poetics: How the Songs Work by Timothy Hampton. commissioned for The Dylan Review. Vol. 1. No. 2. Winter 2019.
  • "Ghostly Art Machines: Beckett & Systems & Art." Nieuwe Vide Journal. Forthcoming, 2018
  • Review of Beckett's Art of Salvage. Text & Presentation. Forthcoming, 2018
  • Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art. Editor and Contributor. Ibidem Press, 2017
  • "Nothing Doing: Samuel Beckett and Conceptual Art." Vol. 25. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 2014
  • "Samuel Beckett, the Archive, and the Problem of History." Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
  • "'Nettie Moore:' Minstrelsy and the Cultural Economy of Race in Bob Dylan's Late Albums. "Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan’s Road from Minnesota to the World, University of Minnesota Press, 2009
  • "Virginia Woolf and the Technologies of Exploration: Jacob’s Room as Counter-Monument." Selected Papers from the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Clemson University Press. 2006


  • Faculty Research Mentor Award, Alfred University, April 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Alfred University, April 2012
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Transatlantic Modernism, Frostburg State University, 2007-2008
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Dissertation Fellowship, 2006
  • International Federation of Theatre Research: New Scholar’s Prize, Second Prize, 2006
  • Awarded Research and Travel Grant by the Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, 2005
  • Awarded Travel and Research Grant, English Department, University of Massachusetts, Spring 2000, 2005
  • Finalist for University-Wide Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts, 2003

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