Assistant Professor of English
Faculty Co-Adviser to Sigma Tau Delta
I teach courses in world literature and composition, with a particular interest in exploring the power dynamics present in these fields. My literature courses offer students insight into how literary texts and other cultural representations shape how we perceive lived experience. My composition classes help students reflect on their writing habits and consider which ones serve them well and which ones might be worth reevaluating. I encourage my students to take ownership of their own learning process as they encounter new and challenging materials. As an instructor, I am committed to continuing to develop an actively anti-racist pedagogy that emphasizes inclusivity, mutual respect, and collaborative learning. This includes highlighting common ground while also acknowledging problematic ideas, and clarifying the definitions of terms to further contextualize harmful statements. My ultimate aim is to support my students in developing critical thinking skills that can empower them to resist structures of inequity.
My research interests center on Caribbean fiction and poetry, in particular the use of epigraphs in twentieth-century anglophone Caribbean novels. I present my work regularly at the Caribbean Studies Association’s annual conference and have published articles in Caribbean Quarterly and the volume Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1920-1970, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
My current book project, Radical Canons, explores the cultural functions of literary authority and the construction of literary canons.