Instructor of English
School of Humanities and Sciences
- Ph.D. (ABD) Literary Studies (University of Denver)
- M.A. English and Comparative Literature (University of Cincinnati)
- B.A. English (Cedarville University)
- "Dark City High: The Neo-Noir of Brick and Veronica Mars." Noir City. San Francisco: FNF. Volume 8, No. 2. Fall 2013.
- "The Noir Roots of Christopher Nolan. Noir City. San Francisco: FNF. Volume 8, No. 1. Summer 2013.
- "Interview: Warren Hammond, Author of the KOP Trilogy." Noir City. San Francisco: FNF. Volume 8, No. 1. Summer 2013.
- "The Forgotten Man: Richard Fleischer’s RKO Years." Noir City. San Francisco: FNF. Volume 7, No. 4. Spring 2013
- "The Traveling Sign in the American West: A Semiotic Analysis of Robert Coover’s Ghost Town." Rocky Mountain MLA Conference, University of Colorado: Boulder (2012).
- "Powerful, Gripping and Relentless: The Rhetorical Impact of Stephen Colbert and 'The Colbert Report'." Composing Ourselves: A Graduate Conference in Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, University of Cincinnati (2010).
- "Out of the Puritan Past: Hawthorne’s Use of Biblical Symbolism in 'Roger Malvin’s Burial'." The Ohio Festival of the Short Story, Cincinnati, OH (2010).
- Invited Panelist: "How to Survive Graduate School." Topographies of Introspection, Cedarville University (2010).
Honors and Awards
- Voted one of CCU’s Favorite Professors for the Fall 2012 semester.
My literary interests include American literature, detective fiction, creative nonfiction (essay, memoir, new journalism) and post-postmodern writers such as David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Franzen. My recent scholarly publications and presentations have often blended literary criticism and theory with analysis of film and television narratives, and I especially enjoy watching and writing about film noir. Currently, I am working on a memoir that is part of my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Denver (anticipated completion date: May 2014).