Visiting Assistant Professor of English
I grew up in a world ruled by poverty. It was part hope, part hard work, and part perseverance that helped me transcend the limits posed by poverty to realize my dream. Cultures, people, and their literary traditions fascinate me, a fascination that has grown into a life-long vocation.
- Ph.D., English, Northern Illinois University
- Reading Narrative: Cultural Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
- Literature in the World: Glimpses of our Humanity
- U.S. Literature Since 1900: A Study in the Archeology of Desire
Areas of Expertise
- 19th and 20th-century American Literature
- Multi-Ethnic American Literature
I grew up in a world ruled by poverty. It was part hope, part hard work, and part perseverance that helped me transcend the limits posed by poverty to realize my dream. Cultures, people, and their literary traditions fascinate me, a fascination that has grown into a life-long vocation. My training in Eastern and Western cultures and academic traditions has nurtured my deep respect for knowledge, ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, and aptitude to listen to others with keen interest. My primary goals for students are to help them develop critical thinking, rhetorical reading, and sustained writing habits. Cultural diversity is at the heart of my teaching pedagogy. I am committed to diversity through bringing cross-cultural perspectives to reading and research, engaging in cultural activities that promote diversity, espousing culturally sensitive pedagogy, and helping students see themselves as worthy and productive members of society. I enjoy working with staff, faculty, and students from diverse backgrounds and am sensitive to the needs of a culturally and ethnically diverse student body--including how age, culture, and economic status make a difference in student achievement.
I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Stetson. My research interests include self, community, sex, gender, identity, trauma, tears, laughter, grieving, migration, and memory. Among others, I have taught American and British Poetry, Experience of American Fiction, Intellectual History, and Masterpieces of British Literature. In a book-length project, Relational Humanism: A Study in Contemporary American Literature, I examine the representation of self and community in the literatures of the United States and argue that in their phenomenological account of the self, multiethnic writers view other as an ontological ground for a self's authentic existence. In their schema, the self grows toward authenticity through a dialectic of relationship but is destroyed if dislocated from the realm of love and relationship. The portrayal of others as ontological moorings to a self's authenticity, I argue, both questions the dominant narratives of our time that idealize the self as "a priori" and proposes relational humanism as a more humane alternative to the individualistic ethical paradigm of the West. In spare time, I enjoy listening to music, practicing meditation, walking by the river, and conversing with his wife, children, and colleagues. I teach courses in World Literature, Reading narrative, and American literature since 1900.
- 19th, 20th and 21st-century American Literature
- African-American Literature
- Asian-american Literature
- Hispanic American Literature
- Native American/Indigenous Literature
- Alcoholism and Family Relations
- Body and Pleasure
- Individual Ontology and Authentic Existence
- Disease and Daeth
- Disability and Voice
- Displacement, Migration and Memory
- Environment and Emotional Well-Being
- Ethnicity and Identity Politics
- Expenditure and Power
- Existential Loneliness
- Family and Community
- Interactions between Eastern and Western Literacy/Philosophical Traditions
- Pregnancy and Parenthood
- Intergenerational Conflict
- Hosts, Guests and Hospitality
- Language and Sexual Identity
- Interethnic Relations/Tensions
- Law and Social Justice
- Literature, History and Culture
- Public Spaces and Pleasure
- Tears, Laughter and Grieving
- Use of Resources and Sustainability
- Mind, Self and Emotion
- "New Media and the Loss of Individual Sovereignty." Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies. Volume 6, Issue 3, July 2016.
- "Locating Sites of Negations and Denegating 'Negative Essentializing": Rereading Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.'" Advances in Language and Literary Studies 5.6 (2014): 105-11.