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 addition to the courses I teach at RMC, I have taught contemporary Canadian literature and Life Writing at Queen’s. I have a lot of curiosity, and it leads me into diverse projects.
Areas of Research
poetry, performance, humour, autobiography, World Literatures, North American Literatures, Canadian Literatures
- Forthcoming. “World Literature as Proximate Reading and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” Journal of World Literature: 27pp.
- Forthcoming. Guest Editor. “Metonymy, Poetics, Performance.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 2018.
- Forthcoming. “Cain and Culpability in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.” Modern Drama 62.1 (2019): 30pp.
- “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.
- Blog post, “What We Make in the Humanities.” English Matters: The ACCUTE Blog, 2017.
- With the Witnesses: Poetry, Compassion, and Claimed Experience. McGill-Queen's UP. 2017.
- “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
- "Heirs, Apparently: Nation-Building in Isabella Valancy Crawford's Winona." English Studies in Canada. 37. 3-4 (2011): 107-121
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