- Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2018
- M.A., English Literature, University of Toronto, 2011
- B.A. (Hons.), English Literature, University of Toronto, 2010
I approach my research and teaching with two joint aims: to promote the skills of deep historicism and critique, and to expose existing gaps in knowledge through interdisciplinary analysis.
As a scholar who integrates the analytic frameworks of postcolonial literature and digital studies, I encourage students to ask “postcolonial questions” of digital projects. (During a recent class, we reflected: how might the Walt Whitman archive reinforce traditional ideas of canon formation? How have conservative biases within literary studies shaped digital studies to this point?) In my own work, I am initiating a turn toward the contextualization of postcolonial literature in terms of cybernetics and technological history: an essay, currently in progress, will analyze several self-reflexive novels of Nadine Gordimer in relation to theorists of language who were influenced by cybernetics (e.g., Roman Jakobson and Roland Barthes).
Currently, I am researching a book project titled Uses of Autonomy: Literature & Theory after Cybernetics, which examines the relationships between postcolonial fiction, poststructuralism, and the history of technology, focusing especially on the cultural legacies of cybernetics and information theory.
My peer-reviewed publications include the following:
- “A Trademark on Irony: J.M. Coetzee’s Formalism, Digital Copyright, Literary Proprietorship,” Contemporary Literature, 59.2 (Summer 2018): 204-231
- “More on the Missing Half Second: A Review of Hayles and Hansen,” boundary 2 (February 2020)
My teaching interests include postcolonial literature, postcolonial and global theory, the history of literary theory, South Asian fiction, digital humanities, media theory, and digital studies.
I have taught or will teach the following courses at Wilkes:
- Studies in Postcolonial Literature
- Survey of English Literature II: Romanticism to Present
- Introduction to Digital Humanities
- Introduction to Literature and Culture (“Cultural Crossroads”)