I completed my undergraduate education at Lakehead University in English and Psychology, my MA in English at Carleton University, and my PhD in English at Queen's University. In my time in the Department of English at Queen’s and in the Department of English, Culture, and Communication at RMC, I have taught courses on the following subjects: autobiography and life writing, intro to theory, postcolonial theory, Canadian literature, major women writers, and introductory courses focussing especially on writing, popular culture, and global literatures. I am currently Associate Chair of the Writing Centre.
Areas of Research
poetry, performance, authorship, writing, autobiography, stand-up comedy, World Literatures, North American Literatures, Canadian Literatures
- With the Witnesses: Poetry, Compassion, and Claimed Experience. McGill-Queen's UP. 2017.
- Guest Editor. “Metonymy, Poetics, Performance.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 2018.
- “World Literature as Proximate Reading and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” Journal of World Literature: 1-27.
- “Cain and Culpability in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.” Modern Drama 62.1 (2019): 94-110.
- “Sincerity, Selfishness, and Comedic Timing.” Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal 50.4 (2018): 145-161..
- “Witness, Signature, and the Handmade in Rahat Kurd’s Cosmophilia.” Canadian Literature 232 (2017): 29-44.
- “Assuming Niceness: Private and Public Relationships in Drake’s Nothing Was the Same.” Co-authored with Kris Singh. Popular Music. 34.1 (2015): 94-112.
- “Teaching as Storytelling.” The Teaching Professor. 28.9 (2014): 6
- "Reading Metonymically in Dionne Brand's Inventory." MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. 14.1-2 (2013-14): 170-186
Brief Teaching Philosophy
I incorporate play in learning. Since activities founded in social creativity emphasize relationships, play has the capacity to draw people’s attention to their individual roles and responsibilities in collaboration or learning in community.
- ENE100 Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills
- ENE210 Reading in the Contemporary World: 1900 to the Present
- ENE228 Critical Approaches to Literature and Culture
- ENE353 Canadian Literature: 1960s to the Present
- ENE383 Major Women Writers: 1900 to the Present
- ENE421 Literary Theory I: Postcolonialism, Race, and Ethnicity
- AMS520 Critical Thinking