As an undergrad, I spent four years at a small college with really dedicated professors. I knew them, and they knew me. I would stop by their offices to chat about paper topics, of course. But I would also just spend 30 minutes or an hour on random afternoons visiting them and chatting about whatever came up. At Chowan, I’m excited to play this role from the other side, becoming a professor who knows his students well and invests in their lives. I’m also tremendously excited, of course, to share the literature that I love and continually write about with them, particularly Victorian literature that I think still has a lot to say to us today, more than a century later. In many ways, being a college professor is one of the best jobs. I get to read and write about books for a living, and I get to share my knowledge and encouragement with students who have the potential to have a real impact on our world!
- PhD, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- MA, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- BA, English, Rhodes College
- Victorian Literature
- Law and Literature
- British Literature Since 1800
- British Literature to 1800
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Freshman Composition
Academic & Scholarly Achievements
“‘Not So Childish As It Seems’: Stevenson’s Interrogation of Childishness in the South Seas,” The Journal of Stevenson Studies 9 (2012): 291-312.
“Colonialism in R. L. Stevenson’s South Seas Fiction: ‘Child’s Play’ in the Pacific,”English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 52.2 (January 2009): 160-81.
“The Darkening Island: Stevenson, Barrie, and the Perils of Childhood” (forthcoming in Scotland and Children’s Literature in the Nineteenth Century, 2015).
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary (Enhanced eBook Classics Edition, Features Editor), Penguin Classics (2008)
“The Problem with Forgetting: Unsustainable Childhood in Barrie’s Peter and Wendy,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 7-9, 2014
“Did Stevenson Become Transnational?: Solving the ‘Mystery’ of Stevenson in the South Seas,” Victorians Institute, Winthrop University, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 24-25, 2014
“‘The Old Times Were Best’: Colonial and Anti-Colonial Nostalgia in Conrad’s First Novel,” Victorians Institute, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, November 1-2, 2013
“‘On the Spot’: Teaching the Stories of Heart of Darkness,” SAMLA Convention, Durham, North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012
“On Not Growing Up: Dickens, Stevenson, and Childhood Nostalgia,” Victorians Institute, Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 21-22, 2011
“Adventures in Neverland: Reading The Ebb-Tide through Barrie’s Eyes,” RLS 2010: Locating Stevenson, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, July 8-10, 2010
“The Empire Come True: Finding Neverlands in Victorian Adventure Fiction,” Victorians Institute, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, October 16-17, 2009
“The Deafening Silences of Stevenson’s The Ebb-Tide and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” Victorians Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, October 3-4, 2008
“‘Tell Him the Place is a Blooming Toyshop!’: Case, ‘Child’s Play,’ and the Manipulation of Space in The Beach of Falesá,” RLS 2008: European Stevenson, University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, June 30-July 3, 2008
“‘Apologetic Mythology’: Imperial Stories and the Preservation of Identity in The Ebb-Tide,” RLS 2006: Transatlantic Stevenson, Saranac Lake, New York, July 18-20, 2006
“Heteroglossia of Darkness: Self-Narrative, the ‘Saving Illusion,’ and Marlow’s Bakhtinian Consciousness,” International Conference on Narrative, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, April 6-9, 2006
“Imperial Place vs. Global Space: Landscaping the Self in Conrad’s Almayer’s Folly,” International Conference on Narrative, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, April 7-10, 2005