I am currently Lecturer in American Studies at UC Davis and Faculty in Philosophy and in Comparative Religion & Humanities at Chico State University, where I teach courses on Animal Studies, “The Meaning of Life,” global social justice issues, Philosophy of Race, and in the general Philosophy curriculum including ethics. My PhD. training, research, and teaching expertise is in Comparative Literature and Film.
Recently, my American Studies teaching has focused especially on Food Studies and the development of industrial agriculture as an interspecies subjugation that traces concepts of “technology” from organized systems of oppression, labor management, and bodily restrictions to mechanized and “electrified” systems of production, exchange, and personalized consumption. In 2018-19, I was Lecturer in English & Comparative Literature at UC Davis, teaching courses on Environment, Capitalism & Film; Eco Disney; Long 19th Century Literature; and Introduction to Literature. Additional teaching and research strengths include Critical Theory and World Literature.
I am the new Managing Editor (2020-25) of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, for which I was Assistant Book Reviews Editor from 2018-20. From 2014-19, I was the the ASLE Liaison to the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, organizing the annual Ecocriticism topic streams sponsored by ASLE at the PAMLA conferences.
In 2015-16, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University in the “After Biopolitics” Rice Seminars convened by Cary Wolfe and Timothy B. Morton, where I also taught courses on literature and film in ecological and “disaster” contexts, including a designed upper division course on Ecocinematics.
From 2016-20, I was Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Ashford University (online), working on curriculum design and course content for Introduction to Literature and Introduction to Film, mentoring associate faculty teaching literature, film, and several General Education course groups, and teaching online Introduction to Film, Introduction to Literature, and English courses in both American and British 19th-20th c. period surveys. I have continued to teach at Ashford as Associate Faculty, following their major restructuring at the end of 2019, and I am especially gratified by the opportunity to serve such a diverse community of adult learners including stationed service men and women. I come from families with folks in just about every line of work, but understanding the military service experience of many relatives on my father’s side, and knowing how deeply my father and other relatives respect those traditions, helps me to value the unique identities forged by that life. I do all I can to help them accomplish their education goals alongside and often after the term of their service commitment.
While still a graduate student at UC Davis, I founded the Cultures, Politics & Economics of the Nonhuman Research Cluster in the Davis Humanities Institute, which organized a major three-day conference, “All Things Great & Small,” and seminars and events with speakers and special guests including Claire Jean Kim, Julie Sze, Roberta Millstein, Bénédicte Boisseron, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Kendra Coulter, Drew Winter, Gillian Moise, and California State University system Philosophers Robert C. Jones, Jennifer Eagan, Andrew Fenton, and Matthew Calarco. In this role and in my faculty mentoring and TA supervision, conference participation, and other service roles, I have sought opportunities to empower colleagues, to showcase graduate and undergraduate research, and to build professionalization and publication outcomes for contingent as well as pre- and early-career scholars.
My own publications to date reveal my literary studies and cinema background, as well as my cultural history interests. My books addressed 19th-20th century literature, animals, and culture with Palgrave Macmillan (Kafka’s Nonhuman Form) and Edinburgh University Press (Meat Markets: The Cultural History of Bloody London– reviewed in Victorian Studies, Literature and History, and Humanimalia); an edited issue and lead article for New Review of Film and Television Studies on Terrence Malick’s ecocinema; and other articles and chapters on eco studies, cinema, literature, and animals. My book review essays have appeared in Parallax and Configurations. My current projects include articles on pointless work in the Anthropocene and books on “Eco Disney” and the film Children of Men.
Further information/CV available upon request regarding other work and conference papers delivered, sessions organized, etc. (MLA, SCMS, ACLA, SLSA, ASLE, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, German Studies Association).