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Manuscripts in Progress:
Settler Tenses: Settler Colonial Frontier Chronotopes, 1868-1912 (Provisional Title)
Settler Tenses considers how late nineteenth and early twentieth-century US frontier literatures--Westerns, regional writing, and literary naturalism--variously repeated and reconfigured contemporaneous narrative orderings of sexuality, offering chronotopes that inclined toward multiple potential futures at a time of active, contested US settlement. Bringing scholarship on the imbrication of sexuality and US settler colonialism into dialogue with work on temporality in nineteenth-century US literature and culture, this project demonstrates that these frontier literatures deployed narrative form to work through the threat and asset that the contradictory temporality of white settler sexuality represented in a crucial moment of settler colonial consolidation.
The Settler Intimacy of Others (Provisional Title)
A second book-length project, still in its early stages, will examine how the work of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Black and Asian North American authors including Pauline Hopkins and Sui Sin Far reworks liberal bourgeois understandings of love, intimacy, and kinship in the context of settler colonial racialization and ongoing settlement. Engaging scholarship on racialized settlers’ complicated relationship to indigeneity and settler colonial power, this project attends to Black and Asian North American authors’ uneven treatments of the social, sexual, and economic formations that support settler colonial power. This project asks questions such as, how do Sui Sin Far’s portrayals of Chinese domesticity simultaneously naturalize and delegitimize ongoing processes of settlement?
19th Century US Literature
Early 20th Century US Literature
Literatures of the North American West
Gender, Queer, and Sexuality Studies
Settler Colonial Studies
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
“Queer.” Keyword in 50th anniversary special issue of Western American Literature, ed. Tom Lynch, Susan Bernardin, and Krista Comer. (53.1) 2018, pp. 63-68.
“Heterochronic West: Temporal Multiplicity in Bret Harte’s Regional Writing.” In special issue of Western American Literature: Queer Wests, ed. Tom Lynch and Geoffrey Bateman. (51.2) 2016, pp. 143-73.
Academic Advisor for The Short Fiction of Bret Harte. Short Story Criticism Series. Gale Cengage. Forthcoming.
Conference Presentations and Activities:
"Neither Coolie Nor White Settler: Sui Sin Far's Bourgeois Chinese." Paper forthcoming at the 54th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, Estes Park, CO, September 2019.
“Jack London’s Klondike Frontier and The Time of Settler Colonial Biopolitics.” Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, St. Louis, MO, October 2018.
“Visual/Verbal Dynamics and American Short Fiction.” Panel chaired at “The American Short Story: New Horizons” Conference hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany, October 2017.
“Jack London’s Klondike Short Fiction and Transpacific Critique.” Paper presented at “The American Short Story: New Horizons” Conference hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany, October 2017.
“Space and Spatiality.” Panel chaired at the 70th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2016.
“‘I rec’on it is destined that I shall live single’: Deadwood Dick Dime Novels and the Rhythms of Outlaw Life.” Paper presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, Big Sky, MT, September 2016, and at the 70th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2016.
“The End(s) of Continental Expansion: Naturalism and Temporality in Frank Norris and Jack London’s Fictions of the North American West.” Paper presented at the 113th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, OR, November 2015.
“Heterochronic West: Temporal Multiplicity in Bret Harte’s Regional Writing.” Paper presented at the 69th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Santa Fe, NM, October 2015, and at the 50th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, Reno, NV, October 2015.
“Vergilian Whitman, Whitmanian Vergil: Whitman, Vergil, and a Poetics of Ambivalence.” Paper presented at UC Davis Reception Studies Research Cluster Event on the Cross-Cultural Reception of Vergil, March 2013.
As Instructor or Lecturer
University of California, Davis
ENL 133: 19th Century British Literature (Spring 2020)
ENL 144: Post-Civil War American Literature (Winter 2020)
ENL 178: Topics in Nations, Regions, and Other Cultural Geographies: Literatures of the US West (Fall 2019)
ENL 3A: Writers' Workshop (Winter 2019 [2 sections], Fall 2019 [1 section])
ENL 3: Introduction to Literature: Writing about Major Genres and Developments in Literatures in English (Fall 2018 [co-taught with Kristin Pusch], Fall 2019)
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Theory and Methodology: Introduction to Critical Theory (Summer 2018)
Theory and Methodology: Introduction to Critical Theory (Winter 2017-18)
Advanced Academic Writing: The Significances of the Frontier in the Study of American Cultures: Frontiers, Borders, Transnationality (Winter 2017-18)
University of California, Davis
ENL 10C: Literatures in English III: 1900 to the present (Winter 2017)
ENL 3: Introduction to Literature: Writing about Major Genres and Developments in Literatures in English (Fall 2014 to Winter 2016, Fall 2016)
UWP 1: Expository Writing: Writing in Multiple Genres (Fall 2012 to Spring 2014)
As Teaching Assistant
University of California, Davis
ENL 110B: Introduction to Modern Literary and Critical Theory (Spring 2012)
ENL 182: Literature of California (Winter 2012)
ENL 179A: Topics in Comparative American Literatures: Literature of Asian Diasporas (Fall 2011)
Proofreader, Amerikastudien/American Studies (2017 to 2018)
Teaching Assistant Consultant, UC Davis English Department (Spring 2017)
English Department Representative, UC Davis Graduate Student Association (2012 to 2013)
Modern Language Association
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Western Literature Association
Ph.D. in Literature, UC Davis, 2019
M.A. in Literature, UC Davis, 2017
B.A. in Literature, minor in Politics, UC Santa Cruz, 2010