This webspace is dedicated to documenting and sharing my teaching, research, and other professional activities. In December 2014, I was awarded a PhD in English from The Pennsylvania State University. My current work grows out of my dissertation, “Nations UnFormed: The Aesthetics of Extra-National Literature, 1832-1910”; in it, I examine the imaginative implications of transnational history. This study explores how widely-circulated fantasies shaped material experience for nineteenth-century U.S. writers in Italy and concurrent Italian immigrants to the U.S.
In the work I share with scholarly communities and and the classrooms I share with students, I remain most interested in how imaginative expressions establish and facilitate embodied networks that unite, or divide, individuals and collectives. Much of this space shares my teaching experiences, practices, and philosophies. Welcome!