I’m a professor of English, teaching and writing on several topics touching especially on the early modern period—including drama, poetry, religion, affect, philosophy and literature, and the social history of ideas. A through-line that drives much of this work is an interest in the cultural and historical power of genre. I examine how genres present modes of thinking and relating to others, how they inform and comprise histories of the emotions, histories of religious practice, histories of human freedom, and histories of theatricality.
I’m on the faculty of English at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. And I’m Associate Editor of the journal Christianity & Literature.
More about me: I like to make desserts with/for my kids, to explore LA’s neighborhoods in the hopes of bolstering my credentials as a taco connoisseur, to camp in the eastern Sierras, and to watch ballet with my family. I could also be described as an unwitting (borderline bad) gardener, garage multi-instrumentalist, picky sports fan, and [just-barely] extrovert. My favorite books are Melville’s Moby Dick, Equano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil, and Augustine’s Confessions.