Associate Professor of English
Mikhail Bakhtin has written, "One's own discourse and one's own voice, although born of another or dynamically stimulated by another, will sooner or later begin to liberate themselves from the authority of the other's discourse." The classroom, then, should be a space where students study the discourse of others in order to liberate themselves, to discover their interpretive powers and their own unique voices. More than anything else, I want my students to develop their "ethos" as writers and readers, and to realize their own agency as they participate in a tradition of readers and rhetors.
University of Maryland
University of Memphis
Mississippi State University
“The Orator in the Laboratory: Rhetoric and Experimentation in Thomas Shadwell’s The Virtuoso.” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture: 1660-1700. Spring 2013.
“’Spacious Fields’: Alexander Hamilton and the Rhetoric of Sentence Architecture.” Style. 49.2 (2015).
“Lord British’s Ethics: Interrogating Virtue in the Ultima: Age of Enlightenment Series.” The Computer Games Journal. 6 (2017).
Review of Antitheatricality and the Body Public by Lisa Freeman. Restoration 41.2 (2017).
“’Perswade Us Out of Our Selves’: Margaret Cavendish’s Regulation of Rhetoric.” The Seventeenth Century. 33.3 (2018).
"’Cannot You Trust God for a Sermon?’Anti-Methodists and the Rhetoric of Methodist Spirituality." Eighteenth-Century Life. 43.1 (2018).
“Thinking Rhetorically and Seriously in the British Literature Survey.” This Rough Magic: A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval & Renaissance Literature. December 2018. http://www.thisroughmagic.org/black%20article.html
“Kesha on Salvation Mountain.” Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship. 4.1 (2019). https://responsejournal.net/issue/2019-06/article/kesha-salvation-mountain
“Ardelia, Orinda, Astrea, and Ke$ha: Teaching #metoo and the Gendered Sphere of Letters.” Forthcoming in Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830.
“Rhetoric and Preaching.” Invited Chapter Submission: The Cambridge History of Rhetoric. Vol. 4: Rhetoric from the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2021.
“Quixotic Practices: Attention and Absorption in the Early Modern Literature Survey.” Invited Chapter Submission. Feminist Formalism and Early Modern Women’s Writing: Readings, Conversations, Pedagogies. University of Nebraska Press. Forthcoming 2020.
Areas of Specialization
History of Rhetorical Theory
Long 18th-Century Literature, Philosophy,
Religion and Rhetoric
Awards and Distinctions
Board of Regents Regents Teaching Award, 2017
2015 Distinguished Honors Program Professor of the Year
Harman-Ward Fellowship, 2012-13
Leadership and Service
Interim Assistant Dean, 2016
Interim Director, Cinema International
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
American Society for 18th-Century Studies
College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America