Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, I came to New York City in 2002, and I joined the Queensborough community in the fall of 2012. Prior to QCC, I was a visiting instructor of writing at Marymount Manhattan College, and I have taught widely as an adjunct within CUNY. I worked as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at City College while completing my dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center in Comparative Literature. My research and teaching interests include autobiography; film studies, with a focus on French film and nonfiction films; narrative theory, French and American psychological novels; writing pedagodgy and Writing Across the Curriculum.
In my courses, I encourage students to read carefully and critically, to understand, engage with, and to question the texts we together read (whether essays, stories, novels, poems, graphic memoirs, or movies). I aim to facilitiate my students' voices as writers, and I assign a variety of genres and modes of writing so that they can practice different voices. I strive to create a seminar environment in which every student contributes to the progression of the course. I view myself as a guide, and I am constantly searching for new ways to engage and energize college students.
In the spring 2014 semester, I am very excited to be co-coordinating QCC's pilot of an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) with Jennifer Maloy from the department of Academic Literacy. These courses will link a section of BE112 with a section of EN101, offering students the opportunity to complete their Academic Literacy course work, pass the CATW, and earn credit for EN101 in the same semester. More information on ALP can be found HERE.
PhD, Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center CUNY, 2010.
MA, Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2005
BA, English Literature, Butler University, 2001
Forthcoming Essay Collection: The Films of Eric Rohmer: French New Wave to Old Master. Leah Anderst, Ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. March, 2014.
This volume is a collection of seventeen critical essays on the French filmmaker Eric Rohmer (1920-2010). The Films of Eric Rohmer: French New Wave to Old Master is the first collection of essays in English on this important filmmaker, and it brings together a diverse array of writers and scholars including Dudley Andrew, Tom Gunning, Nöel Herpe, T Jefferson Kline, and Ivone Margulies.
Forthcoming Chapter: “Rohmer’s Poetics of Placelessness.” In The Films of Eric Rohmer: French New Wave to Old Master, Leah Anderst, Ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, March 2014.
Click HERE for more information on this book.
"Memory’s Chorus: Stories We Tell and Sarah Polley’s Theory of Autobiography." Senses of Cinema Issue 69 (December 2013). Web. Link to Essay
"'I've spent a lot of time looking at these images': The 'Viewing I' in Contemporary Autobiographical Film." a/b:Auto/Biography Studies 28.2 (Winter 2013): 212-241. Link to issue.
“Reading Flaubert’s First and Second Éducation sentimentale.” Orbis Litterarum 67.4 (August 2012): 330-352.
“Cinematic Free Indirect Style: Represented Memory in Hiroshima mon amour.” Narrative 19.3 (Fall 2011): 358-382.
“Address Unknown.” Personal Essay, The Morning News. December 1, 2011. Web. Link to Essay
“On Not ‘Identifying’ with Philip Marlowe: Viewing Robert Montgomery’s Lady in the Lake through Murray Smith’s Engaging Characters.” Global Graffiti, 2. Oct. 1, 2010.
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