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I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily relating to American literature, popular culture, and the Gothic, at Central Michigan University and elsewhere. At CMU, I was a 2007-2008 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, a 2008-2009 Honors Program Professor of the Year, and a 2014-2015, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 Excellence in Teaching Award nominee. In 2022, I was the Central Michigan University Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award Winner.


Courses Taught at Central Michigan University


  • Advanced (Sophomore) Composition

  • African-American Literature

  • American Enchantments (Contemporary Speculative Literature [graduate])

  • American Ghost Story

  • American Gothic

  • American Literature: Colonial to Early Federalist Period

  • American Literature survey, pt. I: Colonial period to the Civil War

  • American Novel

  • American Realism (undergraduate and graduate levels)

  • American Romanticism (undergraduate and graduate levels)

  • Critical Problems—“Ghosts, in Theory” (graduate)

  • Critical Theory: Affects and Objects (graduate)

  • Dark Enchantment: Genre, Fantasy & the New Weird

  • Fantasy and Science Fiction

  • Female Gothic

  • Freshman Composition (Face-to-Face and Online)

  • Introduction to Literary Analysis

  • Introduction to Popular Culture

  • Introduction to Short Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Novel

  • Monsters and Their Meanings

  • Literary Dimensions of Film

  • Magical Realism (graduate)

  • Post-Structuralist Literary Theory (Graduate)

  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Sex & Death: Gender Studies, Queer Theory, and the Gothic

  • Studies in Authors: Edgar Allan Poe

  • Studies in Authors: H. P. Lovecraft

  • Studies in Texts: Moby-Dick

  • Vampires in Film and Literature

  • Western Intellectual Tradition: from Plato to Freud (two-semester honors survey)


As part of the Western Intellectual Tradition course, students created an extensive "year book" chronicling the course.  Their work may be viewed by following these links:


Fall 2013:
Spring 2014:


Courses Taught Elsewhere


  • American Poetry 1925-1975 (Trinity College, Hartford)

  • Contexts and Methods for the Study of Literature (Graduate Course, Trinity College, Hartford)

  • (Dis)Embodiment & Literature (Wesleyan)

  • Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism (Mt. Vernon College, Washington, DC)

  • Introduction to Poetry and Short Fiction (Connecticut College)

  • Short Story (University of Connecticut)



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