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Before joining the English PhD program in 2010, Chris earned his Master's degree in English Literature at Boston College in 2007 and taught literature and writing at two Boston-area colleges. His areas of interest include early modern literature and culture, especially Milton, Shakespeare, and drama; queer and feminist theories; rhetorics and/of the body; and promoting racial literacies in the classroom. Works in progress include "Nocturnal Emissions in Milton's Maske" and "Consuming Women: Deathly Female Face-Painters in Early Modern England." In his dissertation project, "Utopian Occupations in Early Modern English Literature," Chris examines representations of utopian locations/bodies in Renaissance English texts from 1400-1700 through the lens of enclosure, or the privatization of common space. He argues that the particular logic deployed to justify enclosures shaped understandings of English nationalism that increasingly assigned value to spaces and people based on their [re]productive potential. While many depictions of utopian space worked to codify such "enclosure citizenship," others sought to resist this conception by offering viable alternatives for socio-sexual belonging and by exposing the often hidden violences enclosure practices perpetuated.
- ENL 3: Introduction to Literature (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015)
- ENL 10A: Literatures in English I, to 1700 (Winter 2015)
- UWP 1: Expository Writing (2011-2013)
- TA, Shakespeare (Winter 2011, Fall 2013)
- TA, Milton (Spring 2013, Winter 2014)
PUBLICATIONS & CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
- "Idyll Retreats and Generic Enclosure in Brome's The Jovial Crew." Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. Huntington Library, April 2016.
- "Nocturnal Emissions in Milton's Maske." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Scottsdale, AZ, October 2011.
- "A Writer, an Editor, an Instructor, and an Alumna Walk into the Writing Center..." (Co-authored with Jennifer Jefferson, Amy Cohn, Ellen Goldstein, and Lindsey Campbell). Published in Praxis, Fall 2009. http://projects.uwc.utexas.edu/praxis/?q=node/274
- "Sodomoclaustrophobia: Space, Male Intimacy and Sodomy in The Changeling and Othello." Navigating the Body: Mapping, Spaces, and Embodiment. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2009; The International Graduate Shakespeare Conference, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon,
- "Reawakening Natural Awairness: Environmentalism in Shelley's Prometheus Unbound." Boston College English Graduate Student Conference, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2007.
- "Queering the Body." Panelist, The Body: Boston College English Department Colloquium, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2006.
SELECTED AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS:
- 2016-2017 – Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship, University of California, Davis
- 2016 -- Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of California, Davis
- 2016 – Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, English Department, University of California, Davis
- 2014 – Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies Dean’s Summer Fellowship, University of California, Davis
- 2014 – Newberry Library Renaissance Consortium Grant
- 2014 – Andrew W. Mellon Research-Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern Studies, University of California, Davis