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Curriculum Vita

University of Arizona
Updated 14 July 2019

An expanded pdf version of my C.V. can be found HERE (updated 14 Jul 2019)


  • Ph.D., English Literature, Middle Tennessee State University. 2017.
    • Concentrations: 20th century British and American Literature
    • Dissertation: Rage and Recognition in Middle-earth: The Political Conflict of Ancient and Modern in J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Dr. David Lavery / Dr. Rebecca King.
  • M.A. in English Literature, Ohio State University. 2008.
  • B.A. in English Literature, History, Philosophy, Kent State University. 2006.
    • Graduation with University Honors.


  • 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

ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS—refereed publications

  • “‘Violations as Profound as any Rape’: Feminism and Sexed Violence in Stephen R. Donaldson.” Extrapolation. (FORTHCOMING.)
  • “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.
  • “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.” The 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.
  • “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

  • “Delving into Nome Man’s Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien.” Baum Bugle. FORTHCOMING.
  • “L. Frank Baum and PYRZQXGL: Or, How to Do Things with (Magic) Words.” Baum Bugle. 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. FORTHCOMING.
  • “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.


  • [1] “Stephen R. Donaldson”; [2]The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.” The Literary Encyclopedia, First published 8 October 2018. Accessible here and here with a subscription.
  • “Donaldson’s Amnion and the Dangers of a Posthuman Future.” Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from Outer Space by Michael M. Levy, edited by Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood P. FORTHCOMING


  • Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Works, its Precursors, and its Legacies, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Thomas Honegger. Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-9. Available here.
  • Okja (film), directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Science Fiction Film and Television, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 290-94,
  • The Return of the Ring, volumes 1 & 2, edited by Lynn Forest-Hill. Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-14. Available here.
  • Alfred Bester, by Jad Smith. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 29, no. 2, 2017, 332-35.
  • The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, by Edmund Gordon. Mythlore, vol. 36, no. 1, 2017, 235-39.
  • A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 3, 2016, pp. 549-52.
  • Wizards vs. Muggles: Essays on Identity in the Harry Potter Universe, edited by Christopher E. Bell. Mythlore, vol. 35, no. 1, 2016, pp. 154-60. Available here.
  • The Evolution of Modern Fantasy: From Antiquarianism to the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, by Jamie Williamson. Fafnir: The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 3, no. 3, 2016, pp. 72-73. Available here.


  • “The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin—June 19th–21st, 2019.” Conference report. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 6, no. 1, 2019, pp. 55-58.
  • “How the Writers have Pushed MLB too far with Biogenesis.” It’s Pronounced Lajaway, 22 Aug 2013, available here.
  • “Masculinity, Reading, and Twilight.” As It Ought to Be, 9 July 2013, available here.
  • “Review of The Historical Novel in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Representations of Reality in History and Fiction, by Brian Hamnett.” Historical Novel Review, no. 63, February 2013, available here.


  • 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.
    • Also invited to participate in a round table discussion: “New Voices and New Topics in Tolkien Scholarship”
  • 2018. 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. “‘Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Boromir, Denethor’s Son’: Thumos and Lofgeornost in Tolkien.” Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 2018. International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. “Gender Violence and Feminist Thought in Stephen R. Donaldson’s ‘Reave the Just.’” Orlando, FL.
  • 2017. International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. “The Art of Writing in Glen Cook’s Black Company Series: A Meditation on Historiography.” Orlando, FL.
  • 2015. South Central MLA Conference.“Wallace Stevens and the Poetry of the Last Man.” Nashville, TN.
  • 2015. Tolkien Seminar. “Book of the Lost Narrator: Rhetoric and Esotericism in Tolkien.”  Hosted by Tolkien Society in Leeds, England.
  • 2014. International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Annual Conference. “Tutoring Praxis and Composition Pedagogy—Ah, But I Repeat Myself.” Orlando, FL.
  • 2014. University of Georgia EGO Conference. “The Ideological Norms of The Silmarillion’s Aristocratic Narrator.”  Athens, GA.
  • 2012Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Conference. “Machiavelli, Immoralism, and the Late Epic Fantasy of Glen Cook.” Pittsburgh, PA.


  • 2017. “Rage and Recognition in Middle-earth.” Poster presentation for MTSU Scholars Week.
  • 2016. “John Steinbeck.” Guest Lecturer for two classes for the English 3320: Twentieth-Century American Literature course at MTSU. Invited for my familiarity with Steinbeck and American naturalism.
  • 2014. “Multiculturalism and Historical Fiction: The Re-Consecration of Tenochtitlan’s Great Pyramid.” MTSU EGSO Graduate Research Symposium. Accepted for presentation by a panel of faculty judges.


  • English 160D at U of Arizona: Nonhuman Subjects: Monsters, Ghosts, Aliens, Others. See syllabus here.
  • English 197B at U of Arizona: Online Writing Studio
  • English 102 at U of Arizona: First-Year Composition II. See syllabus here.
  • English 101 at U of ArizonaFirst-Year Composition I, including online sections. See syllabus here.
  • English 2030 at MTSU: The Experience of Literature. See syllabus here.
  • English 1020 at MTSU: Research and Argumentative Writing. See syllabus here.
  • English 1010 at MTSU: Expository Writing with multimodal component. See syllabus here.
  • English 152 at Ohio State: Writing and Reading
  • English 151 at Ohio State: Writing and Rhetoric I


  • Invited week-long guest lecturer on John Steinbeck for ENGL 3320: TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE – MTSU. Invited for familiarity with subject.
  • Ran studio sections for English 1009 at MTSU: Introduction to University Writing
  • Writing Consultant, University Writing Center at Middle Tennessee State U.
    • Description: one-on-one writing instruction for any university student. Extensive experience with minority and English as Foreign Language students.


  • 2019-2020. R. D. Mullen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($3,000) – Science Fiction Studies. National postdoctoral fellowship for original archival research.
  • 2017. 2nd place poster presentation, College of Liberal Arts, MTSU Scholars Week.
  • 2016. Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award (faculty-nominated award for excellence in graduate work), Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2015. William Wolfe Graduate Writing Award, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2014. Dean’s Distinguished Essay Award from Scientia et Humanitas, issue 4.
  • 2013. William Wolfe Graduate Writing Award, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2006. Distinguished Student Award, Kent State University.
  • 2006. DuBois Critical Writing Award, Kent State University.


  • 2016-2017. Provost’s Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State U.
  • 2012-2016. Four conference travel grants, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2006. Wilma J. Crawford Honors Scholarship, Kent State University.
  • 2003-2006. Adult Learner Scholarship, Kent State University.

ACADEMIC SERVICE–departmental (selected)

  • 2018. Departmental Retreat: full day English faculty event—U of Arizona
  • 2018. Hiring Committee: WPA Assistant Director—U of Arizona
  • 2017. APR (Annual Performance Review) Planning Committee—U of Arizona
  • 2015-2016. President of English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO).
  • 2015-2016. Organizer of MTSU Graduate Student Book Club.
  • 2015. Volunteer Judge—departmental General Education Awards (Engl 1010 category, Engl 1020 category).


ACADEMIC SERVICE–field service


  • International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts
  • The Mythopoeic Society
  • The Tolkien Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • Omnicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)


  • Certificate: Leader in Classroom Diversity & Inclusion (four completed workshops)
  • Certificate: Teaching Online (2-week online mini-workshop)
  • 2015. Peck Composition Series with Elizabeth Wardle. MTSU.
  • 2014. Peck Composition Series with Cheryl BallMTSU.
  • 2013. Peck Composition Series with Andrea LunsfordMTSU.


  • 2016. Copy editor and proofreader for University of Solitude [Univerzita Samoty] by Matej Valuch. Translated by Martina G. Wise, Amazon, 2016.
  • 2010- —. Freelance editor. Copyediting/proofreading for academic articles, theses, dissertations, book proposals, etc.


  • Available upon request
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