Colby College Department of English
5250 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901 *


PhD in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
Dissertation: “Reading from A to Z: The Alphabetic Sequence in Experimental Literature and Visual Art”
Chair: Michael North

CPhil in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
MA in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
BA in English, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 2005, summa cum laude
Visiting Student, St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, 2004


Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Colby College, ME, 2016-Present
Lecturer, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015-2016


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • “On Not Teaching Art: Baldessari, Pedagogy, and Conceptualism” (under review)
  • “The ABCs of Conceptual Writing,” Comparative Literature Studies 51.1 (2014): 132-158.
  • “Releasing Daphne: Alice Fulton, Ovid, Trees,” Contemporary Women’s Writing 8.1 (2014): 89-107.
  •  “‘Too Old for Children and Too Young for Grown-ups’: Gertrude Stein’s To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays,” Modernism/modernity 18.3 (2011): 575-595.

Selected Other Publications:


  • Colby College Professional Travel Grant, 2017
  • UCLA Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award, 2016
  • UCLA Department of English Teaching Excellence Award, 2009-2011, 2015
  • Modernist Studies Association Travel Grant, 2014
  • UCLA Department of English Dissertation Fellowship, 2013–2014
  • UCLA Department of English Conference Travel Grant, 2009, 2011–­­2014
  • UCLA Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Pedagogy, Summer 2013
  • UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012–2013
  • UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2012
  • UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2009
  • UCLA University Fellowship, 2007–2008


  • “Feminist Pedagogies: Learning from Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen,” Panel: “Revolutionary Pedagogies,” Symposium on Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges, Waterville, ME, May 2017
  • “Avant-Garde Alphabets,” Panel: “What’s Next? The Episodic and the Serial,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 2017
  • “Virginia Woolf’s Alphabets,” Panel: “’A Revelation of Some Order’: Chaos and Control in Modern Fiction,” Modernist Studies Association, Pasadena, CA, November 2016
  • “Experimentation, Politics, and Didacticism in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary,” Panel: “Experimentation of Form and Function in Contemporary Literature,” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2016
  • Co-organizer of seminar “Feminist Singularities,” American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March 2016
  • “Mary Kelly, Martha Rosler, and the Technologies of (Feminist) Language,” Seminar: “Feminist Singularities,” American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March 2016
  • “Reading Conceptual Writing,” Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (via Skype), March 2016
  • “What is Experimental Literature?: Teaching Stein in the Intro Class,” Roundtable: “Teaching Modernist Genres,” MSA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2014
  • Teaching a Plant the Alphabet at the Radical Arts Institution: John Baldessari, CalArts, and the Elemental,” Seminar: “Modernism and Aesthetic Education,” MSA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2014
  • “Reading and Writing Conceptually,” Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014
  • “Mr. Ramsay’s Alphabet: Virginia Woolf and Sequential Thinking,” Seminar: “Capitoli: Serial Form in Literary Culture,” ACLA Annual Meeting, New York, NY, March 2014
  • “Exceeding Poetry: The Abecedarian and Other Arts,” Seminar: “Poetry as Muse,” MSA Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2012
  • “Remaking the Alphabet: Children’s Texts by Stein and Barnes,” Panel: “ABC, it’s Easy as 123,” PAMLA Annual Conference, Claremont, CA, November 2011
  • “Reaching Z: What the Alphabet Transmits,” Seminar: “Transmission and Modernity from the Typewriter to Twitter,” MSA Conference, Buffalo, NY, October 2011
  • “’The Suckers Love a Weird Wedding’: Alice Fulton, Ovid, Trees,” Seminar: “Re-vision in Contemporary Women’s Writing,” ACLA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 2011
  • “‘read my poems and flash / them onwards to a friend’: Frank O’Hara and the Verse Epistle,” Panel: “Frank O’Hara,” ALA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 2009


  • Chair, “Where are We Now?,” Colby English Symposium “Can Writing Change the World? The Public Sphere from the Enlightenment, March 2017
  • Co-organizer and Moderator, “Roundtable on Internet Criticism and Para-Academic Writing,” UCLA Department of English, May 2015
  • “The Alphabet in Video Art: Baldessari, Rosler, and Pedagogical Form,” Americanist Research Colloquium, UCLA Department of English, June 2014
  • “Alphabet Medium,” Roundtable: “M/ELTing Materiality,” UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference, May 2014
  • Panelist, “How to Rock the Conference,” UCLA Department of English, February 2014
  • “Teaching Poetry in 4W,” UCLA Department of English, October 2013
  • Respondent, “Seeing Surfaces: Visuality and Visual Media,” UCLA Southland Graduate Conference, May 2013
  • “The ABCs of Conceptual Writing,” UCLA M/ELT Reading Group, April 2013
  • “Teaching Poetry in 4W,” UCLA Department of English, November 2013
  • Panelist, “The Part I Exams,” UCLA Department of English, February 2012
  • Chair, “Narrative Negations,” UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference, June 2011
  • “‘Too Old for Children and Too Young for Grown-ups’: Gertrude Stein’s To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays,” UCLA M/ELT Reading Group, February 2011
  • Chair, “Affective Afterlives,” UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference, June 2010
  • “Teaching Poetry in 4W,” UCLA Department of English, November 2009


Visiting Assistant Professor, Colby College

  • English 398: Forms of Otherness: 21st-Century Women’s Writing, Spring 2017
  • English 351: Contemporary American Poetry: Politics, Experiments, Selves, Spring 2017
  • English 297: Plants, Animals, and (Almost) Humans, January 2017
  • English 120: Language, Thought and Writing: Games, Rules and Play, Fall 2016
  • English 347: Modern American Poetry: Freedoms and Constraints, Fall 2016

Lecturer, UCLA

  • English 173A: American Poetry 1900-1945, Winter 2016, Spring 2016
  • English 174B: American Fiction 1900-1945, Spring 2016
  • English 180: Virginia Woolf: Lives and Afterlives, Winter 2016
  • English M107B: Experimental Women’s Writing: Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Fall 2015

Teaching Fellow, UCLA

  • English 4W: Critical Reading and Writing: Games, Rules, and Play, Spring 2015 (instructor of record)
  • English 4W: Critical Reading and Writing: Repetition, Fall 2014, Winter 2015 (instructor of record)

Teaching Assistant Consultant, UCLA

  • English 495A: Supervised Teaching Preparation, Spring 2012 (co-taught with Christopher Mott)
  • English 495B: Supervised Teaching Preparation, Fall 2011 (co-taught with Christopher Mott)
  • English 4W: Critical Reading and Writing: Reading the Body, Fall 2011 (instructor of record)

Teaching Associate, UCLA

  • English 172B: American Literature Since 1945, Spring 2011 (Sianne Ngai)
  • English 143: Milton, Winter 2011 (Claire McEachern)
  • English 85: The American Novel, Fall 2010 (Christopher Mott)
  • English 142A: Shakespeare: Poems and Early Plays, Summer 2010 (Lowell Gallagher)
  • English 4HW: Critical Reading and Writing, Honors: Strange Loves, Spring 2010 (instructor of record)
  • English 4W: Critical Reading and Writing: Strange Loves, Fall 2009, Winter 2010 (instructor of record)

Teaching Assistant, UCLA

  • English 142B: Shakespeare: Later Plays, Spring 2009 (Michael Allen)
  • English 95A: Introduction to Poetry, Winter 2009 (Stephen Dickey)
  • English 10C: British Literature 1832–Present, Fall 2008 (Joseph Bristow)

Undergraduate Lecturer, Tufts University

  • Perspectives: An Introduction to Film, Fall 2004


Colby College

EN398: Forms of Otherness: 21st-Century Women’s Writing: An examination of poetry, mixed-genre, and hybrid works of literature by 21st-century American women writers. Concerned with the relationship between cultural, historical, and social concerns (including race, colonialism, gender, and sexuality) and the structures, restraints, and (im)possibilities of language and poetic form. Texts by Mullen, Spahr, Alcalá, Hong, Philip, Natalie Diaz, Durbin, Rankine, Lewis, and Nelson.

EN351: Contemporary American Poetry: Politics, Experiments, Selves: A survey of poetry from WWII to the digital age concerned with individual authors and styles and also with the social and formal concerns that unite them. Guiding questions: How do poets reimagine form and its relationship to the self after the innovations of modernism? What happens to the lyric “I” in this period? Poetry and prose by Ginsberg, Plath, O’Hara, Bishop, Creeley, Rich, Clifton, Hejinian, Cha, Mullen, Goldsmith, and Rankine, as well as clusters of poems that take on political issues (including abortion, racism, and September 11th) by other poets.

EN297: Plants, Animals, and (Almost) Humans: An investigation into the relationship between humans and our others: first plants and animals, and then androids, aliens, and clones. From HD’s harsh sea roses to the carnivorous Venus fly trap of Little Shop of Horrors, from London’s narrating dog to Wallace’s sentient Maine lobsters, from Butler’s sensuous Oankali to Ishiguro’s clueless clones, these “others” confront us with the radically dissimilar and uncannily familiar, and ask to reimagine our rigid categories of plant, animal, self, and other. Course includes 20th-century poetry, drama, fiction, comics, essays, film, and video art.

EN 347: Modern American Poetry: Freedoms and Constraints: This introduction to modern American poetry is guided by questions such as: what makes a poem “modern”? what is the relationship between modern poetry and its literary forebears? What is free verse, and are our poets writing it? How are social realities (gender, race, class) figured by modern poetry? What kind of (American) self do these poets imagine? The course will be organized into four units: “natural” language, forms and reforms, experiments, and imagination and reality. Poetry and prose by Pound, H.D., Williams, Toomer, Frost, Eliot, Moore, McKay, Millay, cummings, Stein, Hughes, Crane, Stevens, Loy, and Brooks.

EN 120: W1: Language, Thought and Writing: Games, Rules, and Play (W1): A writing-intensive course designed to cultivate reading and writing skills through the exploration of the concepts of games, rules, and play across literary history. Devotes serious attention to the writing process, and focuses particularly on questions of evidence, analysis, and argumentation. Topics include poetic forms; linguistic play; the “rules” of race, gender, and sexuality; adaptation; globalization; the concept of “the end.” Texts by Shakespeare, Spenser, Millay, Duffy, Mullen, Goldsmith, az, Chiang, Ballard, Larsen, Collins, Shaw, Beckett, Ives.


English 173A: American Poetry 1900-1945: An upper-division course guided by two questions: in the modern era, what is “natural” writing? And what makes poetry “free”? Course focuses on individual poets and on the forms, trends and concerns that unite them. Includes poetry and prose by Pound, H.D., Williams, Toomer, Frost, Eliot, Moore, Millay, cummings, Stein, Hughes, Stevens, Crane, Loy, and Brooks.

English 174A: American Fiction 1900-1945: An upper-division course organized around the concepts of affiliation and identification as part of national, ethnic, familial, racial, gendered, and/or socioeconomic groups. Course emphasizes the relationship between form and content, and covers individual authors while also identifying cultural, historical, and literary trends that extend across the period. Authors include Wharton, Stein, Far, Yezierska, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Loos, Larsen, Faulkner, Hurston, and West.

English 180: Virginia Woolf: Lives and Afterlives: An upper-division seminar on the work of Virginia Woolf guided by two questions: for Woolf, what is a life? And how may a life be best represented on the page? Students read Woolf’s essays, diary entries, and autobiographical writings alongside her major works, and consider the relationship between fiction and life-writing throughout. Course also considers Woolf as a public figure and as fodder for other writers, including Walker, Bechdel, and Cunningham.

English M107B: Experimental Women’s Writing (Studies in Gender and Sexuality): An upper-division course on experimental work by American women writers, with a focus on post-1980 writing. The course considers genre-bending texts that blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, and is particularly interested in the ways these hybrid forms of literature open up non-binaristic ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and race. Texts by Stein, Hejinian, Cha, Castillo, Mullen, Nelson, Bechdel, Spahr, Philip, and Rankine.

English 4W: Games, Rules, and Play: An exploration of the concepts of games, rules, and play across literary history and genres. Units on forms of poetry, Oulipo-inspired procedural writing, speculative fiction, gender, race, and sexuality, detective fiction, popular fiction, and postmodern drama. Major texts include Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary, Shirinyan’s Your Country is Great, short fiction by Ted Chiang and Junot Díaz, Larsen’s Passing, Christie’s The ABC Murders, Collins’s The Hunger Games, and plays by Beckett and Ives.

English 4W: Repetition: An examination of repetition both formal and thematic. Units on repetitive poetic forms and revision, political resistance, promiscuity, trauma, cloning, and the concept of “the end.” Major texts include revisions of Shakespeare by Duffy and Mullen; short fiction by Stein, Díaz, Sontag, and Melville; Butler’s Kindred, Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, Freud’s “The Uncanny,” Beckett’s Endgame.

English 4W: Reading the Body: An exploration of representations of the body across history and genres, focusing particularly on issues of sexuality, race, death, and politics. Major texts include poems by Shakespeare, Rochester, Donne, Brooks, Sexton, and Clifton; short fiction by Hawthorne and O’Connor; Larsen’s Passing, Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (novel and film), and Chesley’s Jerker.

English 4W: Strange Loves: An investigation of representations of love and desire across history and genres. Major texts include sonnets by Shakespeare and Spenser, poems by Marlowe, Herrick, Owen, O’Hara, and Mayer; short fiction by Hemingway, Lahiri, and, Joyce; Haywood’s Fantomina, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Baker’s Vox, Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, and plays by Ives.

English 495A: The first pedagogy practicum for new graduate student teachers at UCLA. A workshop for experimenting with teaching styles, personae, and activities that emphasizes strategies for preparing and presenting materials in class, leading classroom discussions, evaluating student writing, creating short assignments, and working one-on-one with students.

English 495B: The second pedagogy practicum for new graduate student teachers at UCLA. Prepares students for teaching English 4W, the department’s intro-level literature and composition course. Focuses on syllabus development and strategies for teaching across genres and historical periods, creating effective classroom exercises, and employing fair and useful assessment strategies.


  • Programming Committee, Colby College Department of English, 2016-Present
  • Graduate Student Representative, UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Teaching, 2013–2014
  • Graduate Student Representative, Mellon Advisory Committee on Pedagogy, 2012–2013
  • TA Conference Leader, 2011–2013
  • Peer Reviewer, Modernism/modernity, 2011
  • Academic Mentor, UCLA Department of English, 2010–2011
  • Vice President, English Graduate Union, UCLA, 2009–2010
  • Tufts Alumni Admissions Program Volunteer, 2006–Present


  • Book Production Assistant, Modern Language Association, New York, NY, 2006–2007
  • Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2005–2006
  • Editorial Intern, Harvard Review, Cambridge, MA, 2003–2004


  • Modern Language Association
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association