I specialize in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, and my research focuses on the aesthetics, history, and sociopolitical effects of literary forms, from the sonnet to the novel.
My current project explores how the ubiquitous but flawed binary "poetry" and "prose" emerges and impacts US literature and literary studies. Why do writers typically divide their ouevre into "Collected Poetry" and "Collected Prose," say, and why do English and writing departments often invite students to specialize in one mode or the other--all in an age when the hybrid "prose poem" only gains legitimacy as a traditional form? Certainly this false dichotomy limits our understanding of hybrid forms, prose, and poetry, but it has also become a tool writers employ to expose and evaluate boundaries of many kinds within their works.
I received my PhD in English from the University of Oregon in 2017. I currently teach American literature and college composition at Willamette University and the University of Oregon.
Contact me at:
Department of English
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301