Graduate Teaching Assistant
M.A. English, West Virginia University, 2014
B.A. English, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2011
Office: 309 Colson Hall
Areas of interest/specializations
My work explores the connections between literature, agriculture, and economy across the globe, but especially within the early American agrarian tradition. Performed within the broad perimeter of ecocriticism and informed by my work as a farmer in Preston County, West Virginia, my research seeks to interrogate and elaborate an agrarian vision for the 21st century.
My rhetoric and composition courses offer practical lessons geared toward the type of writing my students will likely encounter in their future careers, but with the critical insight offered by rigorous literary-cultural study. Students may expect discussion-based classes organized around daily readings, and to write three major essays: an op-ed on an issue of concern to the central Appalachian region; a literary-rhetorical analysis of Appalachian fiction, film and/or poetry; and an “action-plan” which identifies a local problem in their university or home community, places it in a national or global context through research, and presents a realistic and specific plan for managing it.
“Recalling the Cosmic Economy in Sandburg’s Cornhuskers.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, November 2015.
“Sympathetic Violence in the Agricultural Poetry of Robert Burns.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Moscow, Idaho, June 2015.
“The Choiring of the Trees in Donald Harington’s Biogea: Posthuman ethics in an agrarian landscape.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2014.
“Community, Civilization, and the Fall of Crevecoeur’s American Famer.” American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2014.
“A Reassessment of Working Class Outcomes in the Politicized Introductory Composition Classroom.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Washington, October 2013.