I teach literature and drama at Azusa Pacific University, focusing on the medieval and early modern periods. Much of my research has been on Shakespeare, but I have also written on Herbert, Donne, Milton, Massinger, Marlowe, Corbett, Fletcher, Scotus, Augustine, and others. My research is always interdisciplinary, and my first book is a study of early modern theatricality through ballads, pageants, jigs, sermons, liturgies, festivals, and plays.
I also have interests in the relationships between literature and religion and between literature and philosophy in the moral and phenomenological traditions. And while I often return to the original works of authors such as Aristotle, Anselm, Luther, Hobbes, Kant, and Hegel, I seek to think about their ideas in situ, in specific articulations of drama and language.
Some of my favorite books include Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Arendt’s The Human Condition, Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Melville’s Moby Dick, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil, Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, and the poems of Emily Dickinson.