Originally from the Twin Cities region, I pursued my PhD in American Literature at the University of Alabama. My areas of specialty include American modernism and postmodernism, with particular attention to religion, corporeality, and addiction. I teach a variety of literature courses at UWRF–including Introduction to Literature, American Literatures I & II, Literature of War, and Contemporary American Literature. I am currently working on revisions for my manuscript, titled Pilgrims of an Altered State, a monograph about the intersection of religion, intoxication, and travel in American countercultural literature of the 1950s and ’60s.
TEACHING AND LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
My teaching is emphatically Socratic. I believe in creating communities for students to engage, question, and discuss issues such as ethics and representation. I anchor my pedagogical philosophy in charitable thinking and modeling a compassionate intellectual discourse.