"Every class is a mini-revolution in potential. The best moments in a semester are those when we hear the questions a text poses to us in the provocative way that texts speak, the moments when we — all involved — confront our own limitations and must seek out ways to overcome them. My goal in the courses I teach is to create a classroom environment in which the questions literature asks us can be heard in such a way that we can effectively respond to them."
- Ph.D., University of Kentucky
- M.A., Radford University
- B.A., Radford University
- "Constituting American Masculinity." American Studies Journal 49.1-2 (Fall 2008).
- "Benjamin Franklin and the Rhetoric of Virtuous Self-Fashioning." Literature & History 17.2 (2008).
- "American Antipathy and the Cruelties of Citizenship in Letters from an American Farmer." Early American Literature 42.3 (2007).
- American Literature
- ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
- Literary Criticism and Theory
- Literature and Philosophy
Areas of Specialization
- Early American Literature
Awards and Distinctions
- Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence, Spring 2009