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Department Department Chair
My scholarship has developed in several intersecting areas: 1) cultural studies 2) post-colonial literature and theory 3) critical analyses in the field of life writing, especially as related to human rights and corporations 4) work within globalization studies that focuses on the role of the corporation and questions of land and 5) Irish literature and culture.
Although my scholarly areas of interest appear to be quite diverse, what brings them together is a commitment to a cultural studies methodology that insists on a grounded approach to materials and that the relationship between theory and practice be understood as dynamic and dialectic. In this regard, my work is guided by an admonition offered by the British cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who in discussing the legacy of British cultural studies expresses a discomfort with the pat theoretical fluency he often observes in the American academy. For Hall, theory is not “the will to truth,” but “a set of contested, localized, conjunctural knowledges, which have to be debated in a dialogical way.” In teaching, I am particularly concerned to consider what kinds of theories and practices have developed out of this specific place and how these directly or indirectly challenge cultural theories developed elsewhere. I try to understand cultural phenomenon such as literature, films and commercials, political ephemera and legal testimony as doing the intellectual work of sustaining or trying to change conceptions of the world that we take for granted.
sabbatical fall 2014
Selected recent publications
special issue of Biography on “Life Writing and Corporate Personhood,” (co-edited with Purnima Bose), Winter 2014.
Cultural Critique and the Global Corporation. (co-edited with Purnima Bose), Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010.
“’I’d Like My Life Back’: Corporate Personhood and the BP Oil Disaster." Biography 34.1 (2011): 96-107.
“From the Indigenous to the Indigent: Settler Colonialism and the Homeless in Hawai’i,” Thinking Settler Colonialism: Essays on Settler Colonialism and Its Consequences. Eds. Fiona Bateman and Lionel Pilkington, London: Palgrave, 2011. 140-152
"From Grief to Grievance: Ethics and Politics in the Testimony of Anti-War Mothers,'" (with Cynthia Franklin). Life Writing 5, ii (2008) and reprinted in Trauma Texts (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).
|ENG 320(2)||Intro English Studies||MWF 10:30-11:20|
|ENG 320(1)||INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH STUDIES||TR 12:00-1:15|
|ENG 625E(1)||Theories in Cultural Studies||W 3:30-6:00|
|ENG 320(1)||Introduction to English Studies||MTWRF 10:30-11:45|
|ENG 320(1)||Intro to English Studies||MWF 10:30-11:20|
|ENG 320(4)||Intro. English Studies||TTH 12:00-1:15|
|ENG 209(2)||Business Writing||Hrs. arranged|
|ENG 100A(1)||Composition I||TTH 1:30-2:45|
|ENG 775(1)||Cultural Studies: Globalization & Critics (CSAP)||T 6:30-9:00|
|ENG 500(1)||Master's Plan B/C Studies|
|ENG 550(1)||Supervised Teaching Practicum|
|ENG 775(1)||Sem Cultural Studies (Performance & Human Rights)||W 6:30-9:00|
|ENG 320(3)||Introduction to English Studies||TTH 9:00-10:15|
|ENG 209(1)||Business Writing||MTWRF 9:00-10:15|
|ENG 209(2)||Business Writing||MTWRF 10:30-11:45|