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Curriculum Vita

University of Arizona
Updated 23 July 2021
For my full CV (pdf), please click the link. Updated: 23 July 2021.
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  • Ph.D., English Literature, Middle Tennessee State University. 2017.
    • Concentrations: 20th-century British & American Literature; fantasy literature & science fiction
  • M.A. in English Literature, Ohio State University. 2008.
  • B.A. in English Literature, History, Philosophy, Kent State University. 2006


  • Lecturer, University of Arizona, 2017- –
  • Writing Fellow, College of Graduate Studies, Middle Tennessee State U., 2016-2017
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012-2016
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 2006-2008


  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Arizona, 2021- –


  • In progress: Specters of Tolkien: History, Totality, and Thymos at the Beginning of Epic Fantasy
  • In progress: Speculative Poetry and the Modern Alliterative Revival: A Critical Anthology. Notes and critical introduction by D.W. Wise. Advance contract with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS—refereed publications

  • [Forthcoming] “Just Reading Piers Anthony’s A Spell for Chameleon: An Appreciation, with Caveats, and an Elegy.” Mythlore.
  • [Forthcoming] “Antiquarianism Underground: The Twentieth-century Alliterative Revival in American Genre Poetry.” Studies in the Fantastic, vol. 11, 2021, pp. 22–54.
  • [Forthcoming] “Poul Anderson and the American Alliterative Revival.” Extrapolation, vol. 62, no. 2, Summer 2021, pp. 157–80.
  • [Forthcoming] “Globalization, Depth, and the Domestic Hero: The Postmodern Transformation of Tolkien’s Bard in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy.” Tolkien Studies.
  • [Forthcoming] “Utopias Unrealizable and Ambiguous: Plato, Leo Strauss, and The Dispossessed.” The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin: Science, Fiction, Ethics, edited by Christopher L. Robinson, Sarah Bouttier, and Pierre-Louis Patoine, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
  • “A Brief History of EPVIDS: Subjectivity and Evil Possessed Vampire Demon Swords.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 31, no. 1, 2021, pp. 83-103.
  • “Just like Henry James (Except with Cannibalism): The International Weird in H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Rats in the Walls.’” Gothic Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 2021, pp. 96-110, doi:10.3366/gothic.2021.0080.
  • “The Hesitation Principle in ‘The Rats in the Walls.’” Supernatural Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, Summer 2020, pp. 84-99. Available here.
  • “The Image of Law in Donaldson’s ‘Reave the Just’: Agency, Blame, and Sexual Assault.” Law & Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, 2020, pp. 73–92, 10.1080/1535685X.2020.1734314.
  • “On Ways of Studying Tolkien: Notes Toward a Better Epic Fantasy Criticism.” Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 9, no. 1, 2020, pp. 1-25. Available here.
    • Translation: Mandarin. Translated by Tianluo Qi for ArdaNEWS Studio, a non-profit fan-run organization in China devoted to Tolkien’s works
  • “History and Precarity: Glen Cook and the Rise of Picaresque Fantasy Epic.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 30, no. 3, 2019, pp. 331-52.
  • “‘Violations as Profound as any Rape’: Feminism and Sexed Violence in Stephen R. Donaldson.” Extrapolation, vol. 60, no. 2, 2019, pp. 133-56. The post-print version is available here.
  • “Paul Edwin Zimmer’s Alliterative Style: A Metrical Legacy of J. R. R. Tolkien and Poul Anderson.” Mythlore, vol. 37, no. 1, 2018, pp. 183-201. Available here.
  • “Unraveling The Hobbit’s Strange Publication History: A Look at Possible Worlds, Modality, and Accessibility Relations.” Subcreation: Worldbuilding in the Fantastic, spec. issue of Fastitocalon, vol. 7, no. 1/2, 2017, pp. 121-35. Available here.
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien and the 1954 Nomination of E. M. Forster for the Nobel Prize in Literature.” Mythlore, vol 37, no. 1, 2017, 143-65. Available here.
  • “Harken Not To Wild Beasts: Between Rage And Eloquence in Saruman And Thrasymachus.” Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, pp. 1-32. Available here.
    • Translations: Greek. Forthcoming in Οι Επιδράσεις της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Γραμματείας στο Έργο του Τζ.Ρ.Ρ. Τόλκιν [The Influence of Ancient Greek Literature in the Work of J.R.R. Tolkien], edited by Dimitra Fimi and Dimitris Kolovos, Kedros Publishers, Athens.
  • “Book of the Lost Narrator: Re-Reading The Silmarillion as a Unified Text.” Tolkien Studies, vol. 13, 2016, pp. 101-24. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/tks.2016.0008. Or, the post-print version is available here.
  • “Classical Poetry and Modern Political Philosophy: Spenser and Machiavelli in A View of the State of Ireland.” Scientia et Humanitas, vol. 4, 2014, pp. 1-20. Available here.

ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS—non-refereed publications

  • [Forthcoming] “Delving into Nome Man’s Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien.” Baum Bugle, Autumn 2020, pp. 13-22.
  • “L. Frank Baum and PYRZQXGL: Or, How to Do Things with (Magic) Words.” Baum Bugle, vol. 63, no. 3, Winter 2019, pp. 7-16.. FORTHCOMING.
  • “Identity, Time, and Faerie in Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww: An Unexpected Convergence of Realms.” A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, edited by John D. Rateliff, Gabbro Head, 2018, pp. 380-402.
  • “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Critique: Stephen R. Donaldson’s Gap Into Genre.”  New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction, edited by Donald M. Hassler and Clyde Wilcox, U of South Carolina P, 2008, pp. 290-98.



  • See full C.V. for the full list (currently at 10).


  • 2021. Modern Language Association (MLA). “Treating Contingent Labor with Compassion: Strategies in Journal Publishing for Reducing Wait Times.” Online conference. Toronto, Canada.
  • 2020. International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. “Poul Anderson and the American Pulp Alliterative Revival.’” Conference cancelled six days before official start. Orlando, FL.
  • 2019. Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin: Science, Fiction, and Ethics for the Anthropocene. “Unrealizable Ambiguous Utopias: Reading The Dispossessed through Leo Strauss and Plato.” The Sorbonne—Paris, France.
  • 2019. International Medieval Congress (IMC). “A Straussian Approach to Tolkien’s Medievalism: The Conflict between Ancient and Modern.” University of Leeds, England.
  • 2018. 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. “‘Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Boromir, Denethor’s Son’: Thumos and Lofgeornost in Tolkien.” Kalamazoo, MI.



  • 2020–21. Lecturer Teaching Award – awarded once yearly by the UA Writing Program (one of the largest in the country) for excellence in teaching – U of A 2020
  • 2020. World Fantasy Award in the “Special Award: Non-Professional” category for Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
  • 2019-2020. R. D. Mullen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($3,000) – Science Fiction Studies. National postdoctoral fellowship for original archival research.
  • 2016. Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award (faculty-nominated award for excellence in graduate work; highest departmental honor), MTSU.

Media Appearances


  • 2021- –. Council of Stewards; Awards Administrator for the Mythopoeic Society
  • 2017- –. Reviews editor, Fafnir: Nordic Journal of SFF Research
  • N/A. Blind peer reviewer for the journals Extrapolation, Fafnir, and the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts; reviewer for Wiley-Blackwell and McFarland


  • MLA; Council of Editors of Learned Journals; International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts; Mythopoeic Society; Tolkien Society


  • see full C.V. for details


  • Available upon request
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