Ph.D. in English, Michigan State University, exp. 2020.
Dissertation: Mutation or Death: Science Fiction, the Literary Left, and the Futurians, 1937-1961. Committee: Scott Michaelsen (chair), Zarena Aslami, Gary Hoppenstand, Ann Larabee.
M.A. in American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015.
B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics, Western Washington University, 2013.
Michigan State University, 2015-
Graduate Instructor, Department of English, 2017-2018
Teaching Assistant, Center for Integrative Arts and Humanities, 2015-2017.
Instructor, Center for Integrative Arts and Humanities, Summer 2016.
The Journal of Popular Culture, 2016-2017
Editorial Assistant, The Journal of Popular Culture, 2016-2017.
University of Massachusetts Boston, 2013-2015
Graduate Assistant, Center for the Study of Humanities, 2014-2015.
Teaching Assistant, Department of American Studies, 2013-2014.
Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Co-edited with Dan Hassler-Forest. Amsterdam UP, 2017. Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence 3.
“Fatal Attractions: AIDS and American Superhero Comics, 1988-1994.” International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 17, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2015, pp. 177-216.
“Four-Color Sound: A Peircean Semiotics of Comic Book Onomatopoeia.” The Public Journal of Semiotics, vol. 6, no. 1, 2014, pp. 58-72.
Forthcoming. “Am I Doing the Right Thing? Milestone Comics, Black Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitics of Static.” Comics Studies: Here and Now, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Roultedge, 2018. Routledge Advances in Comics Studies 5.
Forthcoming. “Publishing the New Jedi Order: Media Industries Collaboration and the Franchise Novel.” Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, Amsterdam UP, 2017, pp. 143-154.
Forthcoming. “The Zombie and Its Metaphors.” American Quarterly.
Forthcoming. “Inventing the Alien in Early Science Fiction.” Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from Outer Space, by Michael Levy, edited by Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood Press, 2018.
Forthcoming. Review of Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama, U of Arizona P, 2017. Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art, 2018.
Forthcoming. Review of Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II, by Steffen Hantke (UP of Mississippi, 2016). Extrapolation, 2017.
Review of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, by Ramzi Fawaz (New York UP, 2016). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 3, 2017, pp. 532-535.
Review of Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture, by Catherine M. Roach (Indiana UP, 2016). The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 50, no. 4, Aug. 2017, pp. 898-901.
Review of The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror, edited by Justin Everett and Jeffrey H. Shanks (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 2, 2017, pp. 332-334.
Reviews: Fiction and Film
Forthcoming. Invited review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm, 2016). Science Fiction Film and Television.
Forthcoming. Review of A Girl in Exile: Requiem for Linda B., by Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson, Counterpoint, 2018. World Literature Today, 2018.
Review of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, 2017. World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 6, Nov. 2017.
Review of Mapping the Interior, by Stephen Graham Jones, Tor, 2017. World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 5, Sep. 2017, pp. 70-71.
Review of Dissolving Classroom, by Junji Ito (Vertical Comics, 2017). World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 3-4, May-August 2017, pp. 99-100.
CONFERENCES / PRESENTATIONS
“A Proposition for the Science Fiction Age: John Michel’s Popular Front.” Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction. MLA Annual Convention, 4-7 Jan. 2018, New York City.
“Punking Science Fiction: Silkpunk and the Aesthetics of Generic Dissent.” Science Fiction as Dissent. ASA Annual Meeting, 9-12 Nov. 2017, Chicago.
“Milestone Comics, Black Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitics of Static.” Michigan State University Comics Forum, 24-25 Feb. 2017, Michigan State University.
“Franchise Anxieties, the Eighties Comic-Book Scene, and Crisis on Infinite Earths.” MPCA Annual Conference, 6-9 Oct. 2016, Hilton Rosemont / Chicago O’Hare, Chicago.
“Trans Narrative and DC Comics’ Camelot 3000 (1982-1985).” Franchises and Economies of Contemporary Media. SCMS Annual Conference, 30 Mar.-3 Apr. 2016, Hilton, Atlanta.
“Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation.” English Graduate Organization Conference, 30-31 Oct. 2015, Ohio State University.
“Toward a Periodization of Queer Visibility in American Comics.” Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Symposium, 28 Mar. 2015, MIT.
“Green Arrow, Anti-Gay Violence, and Urban Space.” NEPCA Annual Conference, 24-25 Oct. 2014, Providence College. Nominated for Best Graduate Student Paper Prize.
Organizer and chair, Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction. MLA Annual Convention, 4-7 Jan. 2018, New York City.
Organizer and chair. Science Fiction as Dissent. ASA Annual Meeting, 9-12 Nov. 2017, Chicago.
Organizer and chair, Science Fiction and the Limits of Counterculture. MLA Annual Convention, 5-8 Jan. 2017, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.
“Falling in Love #99: Romance Comics and the Popular Culture Archive.” Reception for the Allan D. MacDougall Popular Culture Archive, University of Massachusetts Boston. 24 April 2015.
Roundtable. Discussant, Demoing unto Death: Smart Cities, Environment, and “Apocalyptic Hope.” Critical Institutions: Machines, 26 Feb. 2016, Michigan State University.
Michigan State University, Instructor
Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 210) (F17, S18)
Alternate History: Fictions of Another America (IAH 221c) (Sum17)
United States and the World (IAH 201) (Sum16)
Michigan State University, TA
Dangerous Art (IAH 209) (S17)
Race and American Literature (IAH 207) (F16)
Globalization and U.S. Popular Culture (IAH 201) (F15, S16)
University of Massachusetts Boston, TA
Popular Culture in the U.S. (AMST 101) (F13, S14)
The Thirties (AMST 203) (S14)
The Sixties (AMST 206) (F13)
AWARDS / FELLOWSHIP
Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, spring 2017. $450.
Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, fall 2016. $400.
College of Arts and Letters Research Enhancement Funds, Michigan State University, summer 2016. $2,000.
Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, spring 2016. $600.
Nominated for Best Graduate Student Paper Prize 2014, Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA). October 2014.
Peer reviewer, Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art (2017-; 1 manuscript to date), Science Fiction Film and Television (2016-; 1 manuscript to date), MOSF: Journal of Science Fiction (2016-; 2 manuscripts to date).
Departmental and University Service
Member. Travel Fund Committee, Association of English Graduate Students, Michigan State University, 2017.
Graduate representative. Undergraduate Committee. Association of English Graduate Students, Michigan State University. 2016-2018.
Humanities evaluator. University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, Michigan State University. 8 Apr. 2016; 7 Apr. 2017.
The 1984 Project. A collaboration with Williamston Theatre to prepare gallery materials accompanying performances of a dramatic adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. Feb.-Apr. 2017, Williamston, MI.
Wiesenthal, Nicole. “LGBT Comic Book Characters Going Mainstream.” South Florida Gay News, 14 Oct. 2014, http://southfloridagaynews.com/Books/lgbt-comic-book-characters-going-mainstream.html.
Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
Science Fiction Research Association
Comics Studies Society (Founding Member)
Graphic Justice Research Alliance
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST