If you know me, then you know that these days most of my time is spent on academic matters. At present I am “ABD” (madly “dissertating,” as it were) in the PhD program of the English Department at Boston College, where I’ve studied and taught for the past six years. Below the brief description of my academic interests and current projects, you’ll find links to a statement of teaching philosophy, a number of syllabuses for courses I designed and taught, and two course websites which I’ve moved and am now hosting here as well. If you have any questions or comments, just drop me a line via the contact form at the top. I don’t bite (I promise).
While the things that interest me are frankly legion, right now I’m focusing on my dissertation, tentatively titled “Remixing the Medieval.” As a medievalist by training and a millennial by birth, I’m fascinated by the ways we use and reuse texts (in every sense) on the internet, and by the idea that they could potentially inform us about some of the oldest works of English literature. My dissertation looks at some of the processes by which we generate new texts out of old ones — processes I’ve taken to calling aggregation, curation, and renarration — and examines the ways those processes are at work in everything from the didacticism of Grendel to the “history” of King Lear. But when I’m not writing about textual (re)production in the Middle Ages, I’ve also been known to theorize about time travel narratives in modern pop culture, as well as helping to run the first journal dedicated to the study of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, Ledger.
As you can read in my statement of teaching philosophy, I firmly believe that teaching students to navigate the universe of texts, to create interpretive and analytical frameworks that they can apply not only to books but to their lives, is of great value to society. It’s my privilege therefore to have been the instructor of record for six courses so far:
- Writing the Remix is a personalized iteration of Boston College’s First-year Writing Seminar, aimed primarily at developing the academic writing skills of non-English majors. You can see the syllabus here.
- Reading the Remix is a companion course to Writing the Remix, a version of Boston College’s “Literature Core” class, aimed at developing the analytical and interpretive abilities of mostly first-year students. You can see the syllabus for that course here.
- Studies in Narrative is a course designed to introduce beginning English majors to the discipline-specific work of engaging in the discourse of literary study. You can explore the website I built for the course, including readings and assignments, here; you can also see the syllabus here.
- Sin and Evil in Medieval Literature is an elective designed to introduce upper-level English majors to a range of texts and topics (while also fulfilling a pre-1800 credit requirement). You can also explore the website I built for this course, or skip straight to the syllabus here.
- Last summer I also had the opportunity, as a part of the Dean of the Summer School Teaching Fellowship, to teach the First-year Writing Seminar and Literature Core classes on an accelerated schedule. You can find the syllabuses for those two courses here and here.