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In all of my classes and my scholarship, I’m interested in the work that culture does — how a film or a song or a genre supports or challenges the way we assume we’re supposed to live our lives.”

Bio

I received a PhD in 20th/21st-Century American Literature and film from the University of South Carolina. I’ve published on film westerns and Hollywood novels; I’ve also published some creative nonfiction.

More recently I’ve been working on a book-length project on alternative-country music and its relationship to class in America. I teach a variety of courses in literature, film, and music. 

In all of my classes and my scholarship, I’m interested in the work that culture does — how a film or a song or a genre supports or challenges the way we assume we’re supposed to live our lives. I also chair the Honors Program on the Denver Campus, and I love helping students develop a passion for exploration and inquiry. And I edit Quarterly Horse: A Journal of [Brief] American Studies; students often help with layout, editing, research, and podcast production.

Areas of Expertise

  • American Literature
  • History and Philosophy
  • Film and music

Publications

  • “Making the West Safe for Middle-Class Men: Cimarron, Union Pacific and Stagecoach,” Columbia Journal of American Studies, 2007.
  • “On Seeing,” HOBART, 2012.
  • “Listening to Country on the Left Side of the Dial,” American Studies Association, 2015.

Sample Courses

  • MCST 2300: American Film
  • ENG 3320: Applied Research in Writing/Literature
  • ILS 4178: Studies in Nostalgia
  • MCST 3100: Radio, Records & Popular Music