My CV, linked at left, details my recent academic activity. Below are posed some of my touchstone guiding questions.

Is space an object? Preparatory to my dissertation, my current work deals with object-oriented ontologies and representations of space in twentieth- and twenty-first-century performing art(s) and fiction.

Is the meme a poetic form? My interest in the Internet meme as a new practice of public and collective poesis offers a rather more practical application of my work in spatial poetics. Are the Internet’s back-alley alt-right online meme factories a (re)politicization of a poetic form? Or are their spatial tactics less poetical than manipulative?


teaching

My teaching philosophy, which my teaching statement outlines in brief, is rooted jointly in popular culture and a strong belief in practice: compositions courses must ask students to compose, and literature courses must ask students to read.

My Fall 2018 “English Composition I” course at Lehman College reflected this joint conviction. Its large-scale focus riffed on plagiarism and influence, pitting (in disciplinary terms) New Critics against New Historicists. Is Kanye West’s sample of Anthem in “Lift Yourself,” his controversial 2018 single, plagiarism or reinvention? Are Pontus Hulten’s Warhol Brillos fake—even if Warhol disavowed the originality of his own originals? And, more broadly, how does the artist-art relation at the heart of plagiary bear on, say, Hannah Gadsby’s New Historical thesis in Nanette?


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