This Maven is a graduate student, writing tutor, and teaching assistant in an English department in California. His own expertise is in 19th- and 20th-century literature, but he has taught outside that field, and has a variety of other pedagogical experience, including middle- and high-school tutoring, college tutoring, and corporate training. His teaching has gained critical attention from a variety of sources, and his research and writing on topics related to the concerns of transatlantic modernism promises to provide a substantial critical engagement in biopolitics and textual studies.
Responsibilities involving running discussion sections, grading papers and tests, holding office hours, resolving disputes, and addressing a variety of other student concerns. When teaching as instructor of record, responsibilities also include writing lectures, designing course from the ground up, preparing assignment handouts, and all other aspects of course business.
English 192, Science Fiction: Other Worlds, Other Lives (Upper Division; as instructor of record). Teaching Associate, Summer 2013. Survey of developments in the science fiction genre across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, focalizing discussion of genre tropes and hermeneutic practices required by the genre through the lenses of alterity and imaginations of alternate possibilities of gender configurations. Course texts include short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, James Tiptree, Jr., longer texts by Karel Čapek, John Wyndham, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler, and Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ridley Scott’s Alien.
English 10: Introduction to Literary Studies (Lower Division). Teaching Assistant, Spring 2013. Gateway course for the English major at UC Santa Barbara, focusing on developing of analytical reading and writing skills and understanding of basic conventions of poetry, drama, and fiction.
English 165EW: Life After the End of the World (Upper Division; as instructor of record). Teaching Associate, Winter 2013. Course on post-apocalyptic fiction, including novels by John Wyndham, Cormac McCarthy, José Saramago, and Margaret Atwood, as well as post-apocalyptic narratives from a variety of religious texts. Particular attention paid to the construction of everyday background assumptions and shared social understandings. Received outstanding student reviews. GSA Excellence in Teaching Award was based on this course.
English 193: Detective Fiction (Upper Division). Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012. Course on detective fiction from Edgar Allen Poe to Mo Hayder, concentrating on the English-language noir tradition and on epistemic and evidentiary concerns inherent in the genre.
English 140: Contemporary American Literature (Upper Division; as instructor of record). Teaching Associate, Summer 2012. Course on post-World War II American authors, focusing on most recent quarter-century and including novels by Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, James Hynes, Audrey Niffenegger, and Cormac McCarthy, and including all of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Particular emphasis paid to the narrative construction of individual and group identities and on the construction of imagined alternatives to present social structures. Received outstanding student reviews.
English 104A: American Liteature, 1900-present (Upper Division; as instructor of record). Teaching Associate, Spring 2012. Course on twentieth-century American authors, including novels by Sinclair Lewis, Thomas Wolfe, Carson McCullers, William Faulkner, Stephen King, and Philip Roth, with particular emphasis on the development of twentieth-century understandings of individual, group, and national identity, primarily focalizing discussion through the close examination of small-town novels. Received excellent student reviews.
Comparative Literature 133/English 133TL: Transpacific Literature (Upper Division). Winter 2012. Course on Pacific Rim literatures, cultural encounters and (mis-)perceptions, and imaginative representations of transpacific cultures.
English 122LE/Environmental Studies 122LE: Introduction to Literature and the Environment (Upper Division). Fall 2011. Interdisciplinary survey focusing on environmental thematics in texts ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh through Milton's Paradise Lost and the environmental movement of the 1960s. Received outstanding student reviews.
English 103B: British Literature, 1789-1900 (Upper Division). Spring 2011. Course on British Romantic/Victorian literature, with particular emphasis on poetry and development of revolutionary/liberatory concerns.
English 104A: American Literature, 1900-Present (Upper Division). Winter 2011. Course on twentieth-century American authors, including William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, and Philip Roth, with particular emphasis on the development of twentieth-century racial identities and of modernist form. Received excellent student reviews.
English 122LE/Environmental Studies 122LE: Introduction to Literature and the Environment (Upper Division). Fall 2010. Interdisciplinary survey reading for environmental thematics in texts ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh through Milton's Paradise Lost and the environmental movement of the 1960s.
GPA: 4.0/4.0. Exam fields: Romantic and Victorian Literature; Twentieth-
Century Anglophone Literature; General Theory. M.A./Ph.D. program. Arnhold Graduate Fellow, 2009-2010.
Provide feedback on student papers as necessary. Encourage development of self-editing responsibilities and other traits and practices related to ownership of a student’s own writing process.
2009 - 2011
Intensive Language Program [German language]
1999 - 2001
1996 - 1999
(block transfer degree)
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