Teaching


Faculty Fellow

American Novel – Framingham State University Department of English, 2012

This course, a survey of the American novel covered such texts as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Sun Also Rises, The Age of Innocence, Little WomenCeremony, and Down These Mean Streets. We discussed questions of transcendentalism, slavery and the Civil War, the effects of World War I, settler colonialism, the Puerto Rican status, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Literary Studies – Framingham State University Department of English, 2012

In this introductory course for majors, the course is purposely centered around one text. The professor then uses the critical reception to that text to introduce students to the major critical schools of thought in literary studies. I centered the course around Down These Mean Streets and students first learned to become excellent close readers of text without critical apparatus, and we then explored deconstruction, postcolonialism, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, and structuralism as lenses through which to view the text.

American Ethnic Literature – Framingham State University Department of English, 2011

In this course, we explored many of the areas of American Ethnic Literature, with units on African American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino/a Literature. We focused on how these works construct an “American” ethnicity, and how access to this ethnicity is modified by various factors including war, colonialism, slavery, and discrimination. Texts included: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, Remedios by Aurora Levins Morales, Mona in the Promised Land, by Gish Jen, A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, and Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie.

Approaches to Literature – Framingham State University Department of English, 2011

In this introductory class, I paired a well-known and canonical text with a less well-known or less canonical text. I organized the course, subtitled “Literature of Rupture” thematically, including units on War, Conquest, Disease, and Slavery. Not only did this enable me to introduce some less frequently taught literature, it allowed me to approach the canon in atypical ways–discussing The Tempest in terms of the age of conquest, or The Canterbury Tales in terms of the Black Death. Other texts included Dionne Brand’s Map to the Door of No Return, T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

Expository Writing – Framingham State University Department of English, 2011

Returning to a text I have long enjoyed, I centered this semester of Expository Writing around The World is a Text. This text’s central thesis: that every bit of the world can be read and analyzed semiotically as a cultural text provides valuable material for a writing class, as it enables me to craft a course that has all the more writing required for having very little reading. Students wrote analyses of places, movies, and gender constructions in popular magazines.

Lecturer

Women, Culture, & History – Suffolk University Department of Women and Gender Studies, 2011

In this introductory course, I discussed women and gender using such texts as My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center by bell hooks, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, and Yes Means Yes! Edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti.

Expository Writing – Bentley University Department English And Media Studies, 2010

In the fall of 2010, I taught a very exciting section of Expository writing. Called a “lab” section, this course offers a luxurious five hours of instruction per week, broken into two 2.5 hour classes. In this course, I was the first faculty member at Bentley ever to deploy WordPress multisite on a production server.

Caribbean Literature – Bentley University Department English And Media Studies, 2010

In the spring of 2010, I took over two sections of Caribbean Literature for a faculty member at Bentley University who went on emergency leave. Working on short notice off a new syllabus, I worked with two thirty-student seminars, lecturing, and leading discussions. In addition to teaching C.L.R. James’ Minty Alley, and Barbara Paul-Emile’s Seer, I added a brief survey of short fiction of the hispanophone Caribbean. I assigned and graded final projects and papers, and worked with the original professor of the course to develop grades for each student collaboratively.

American Cities – Bentley University Department English And Media Studies, 2010

Also at Bentley University, I stepped in one month from the end of Spring semester to conduct the end of this course for another faculty member on emergency leave. I conducted a week-long unit on Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, and oversaw the presentation of the students’ final projects. In addition to running the class, I kept extensive notes for the professor course so that she was able to establish grades for the class independently

Sexuality in the Public Eye – School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 2006

At the SMFA, I taught a composition seminar focused on issues of sexuality in the public and private spheres. Texts included photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Richard Chase, and the texts Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein, and readings by Cherríe Moraga and Eve Sedgwick.

Graduate Student Lecturer

Expository Writing – Tufts University Department of English, 2002 – 2005

For three years, I taught Expository Writing or “English 1” at Tufts. Though there are many English 1 sections, we designed and ran our courses independently. I chose the reading materials and assignments, in conformity with a list of goals expected to be common to all English 1 sections. I drew heavily on Strunk and White, and also used selections from Janet Giltrow’s Academic Writing and Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s The Deluxe Transitive Vampire.

Family Ties – Tufts University Department of English, 2003

I taught a thematic composition seminar with emphasis on familial archetypes and non-traditional families. I drew readings from Karl Jung, Maria Von Franz, Bruno Bettleheim. We also examined Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, Families We Choose by Kath Weston, and classic fairy tales as edited by Maria M. Tatar.

What is Queer? – Tufts University Department of English, 2004 – 2006

Each of the several thematic composition sections chooses from one of several themes. When I began at Tufts there was a theme “Gay and Lesbian Perspectives,” which had not been taught in some years. The theme was dated, and did not suggest readings addressing bisexuality or gender identity and expression. Working together with the director of First-Year Writing, I redesigned the theme and taught “What is Queer?” for two years. Between the two iterations of this course, we read Michael Warner’s The Trouble with Normal, and Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues, and selections from Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, vol. 1. Filmic texts included: Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, Isaac Julien’s 1993 The Attendant, Peter Jackson’s 1994 Heavenly Creatures, and Michael Mayer’s 2004 Home at the End of the World.

Love and Sexuality – Tufts University Department of English, 2004 – 2006

In this thematic composition class, I taught Kate Bornstein’s My Gender Workbook, D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. We examined the films Home at the End of the World (Michael Mayer’s 2004) and When Night is Falling (Patricia Rozema 1995). We also analyzed photography by Robert Mapplethorpe and Richard Chase.

Teaching Assistant

Writing Explorations – Tufts University Summer Session, 2006

Assisted in the Tufts Summer Study course in writing for rising high school juniors and seniors

Reading and Writing – Phillips Academy, Andover Summer Session 2002

Assisted master teacher in an English course with rising Juniors and Seniors. Led discussions, generated and evaluated assignments, conferenced with students.

Writing the Research Paper – Phillips Academy, Andover Summer Session, 2002

Assisted head librarian, led discussions, provided technical assistance to students engaged in high level database queries, evaluated student writing.

Russian I – Vassar College, 1994 – 1995

Led weekly drill sessions in Russian. Coordinated with second drill instructor to provide comprehensive immersion-based conversation practice to all first-year Russian students.

Grader

Horror Stories – Tufts University, Fall 2002

American Fiction 1950–Present – Tufts University, Spring 2005