I received my PhD in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois in the Spring of 2014 and I am currently teaching literature and composition at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. I study 19th and 20th century American and European literature, with a specific attention to depictions of gender, sexuality, race, and social class in literature and art of the modern era.
In addition to my scholarly publications, I like to write book reviews and articles for online publications. Here’s a link to an article I wrote a few years ago about a customer service job I had in which I had to pretend I was a woman named Jessica online as I tried to sell cable tv subscriptions. I hope that in the process of writing your blog responses for this course, all of you become comfortable with writing for an online platform and that you too will feel encouraged to contribute your own experiences and ideas to online media outlets.
I am truly excited for this opportunity to teach at SEMO and to work with each and every one of you over the course of the semester. As an instructor, I stress gradual improvement and an individualized focus on the needs of each of my students. My goal is to make each of you into a confident writer who can take pride in their ability to express their thoughts and argue opinions persuasively through the written word.
Outside of my professional work, I love outdoor recreation (fishing, hiking, and camping especially) and I am an avid sports fan. I play tennis and run cross country. You’ll see me at plenty of SEMO football and basketball games this season. Feel free to say hi! I think that more faculty should show up to games and support their students on the courts and fields as they represent our university.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I am a diehard fan of the Kings, Clippers, Lakers, and LA Galaxy. We never watched baseball in my family, so I never got into the sport. St. Louis Cardinals fans are supposed to be the smartest fans in baseball, so perhaps you can educate me on some of the finer points of the game.
I pride myself on being an accessible and flexible teacher. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about your assignments or concerns about the course. I am always happy to sit down with my students and to work with them on their papers. My number one priority is to see you succeed and I am open to any feedback or requests that will help you reach your potential as students.
You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org