Curriculum Vitae  

Education

2016

  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania
    Dissertation: “Personal Finance: Economic Citizenship and Financial Form in the Contemporary Novel”
    Committee: James F. English (Chair), Paul K. Saint-Amour, Michael Tratner

2013

  • M.A. Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania

2008

  • M.A. (Distinction), Critical Theory, University of Sussex
    Thesis: “‘Only the spear that smote you can heal your wound’: Language Against Language in Theodor Adorno and Samuel Beckett”

2006

  • B.A. (First Class), English Literature, University of Sussex

Academic appointments

2018  - 

  • Assistant Professor, Literature Department, MIT

2017 - 2020     

  •  Society of Fellows / Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature and Language, University of Michigan

2016 - 2017

  • Gillespie Visiting Assistant Professor of English, The College of Wooster

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • “The Scale of Global Finance,” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, eds Michelle Chihara and Matthew Seybold, forthcoming 2018

Book Reviews


Awards and Fellowships

2017-2020

  • Society of Fellows, University of Michigan

2015

  • A. Owen Aldridge Prize for Outstanding Essay by a Graduate Student, American Comparative Literature Association

2015-16

  • Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Boies Family Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

2014

  • GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania

2014-15

  • Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2013-14

  • Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2013

  • Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching Certificate, University of Pennsylvania

2009-2014

  • Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

Conference participation

Panels Organised

 

2018            

  •     “Postindustrial Environments,” American Literature Association. (Co-organised With Theodore Martin, UC Irvine).

2017               

  • “Contemporary Girlhood in Words and Images,” Association for the Study of the Arts and the Present.

2016

  • “Revisiting the Archive: Finance and Contemporary Literature,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference

2015-16

  • Monthly Workshop Series Organiser. Penn Program in Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, University of Pennsylvania

2015

  • Co-Organiser of “Locating Post-45.” Conference at the University of Pennsylvania

2014

  • Co-Organiser of “Violent Means.” Graduate Humanities Forum Symposium, University of Pennsylvania

Papers Presented

2018

  • "Finance, Visibility, and Race in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist," American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • “What is the 21st Century Literature?” Critical and Contemporary Studies, University of Michigan, MI    

2017

  •  “Economics at the Nanoscale in Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland," Society of Fellows, University of Michigan

  •  "Finance and Space in Contemporary New York," American Studies Association, Chicago, IL

2016

  • “The Nostalgia of Finance in Contemporary Shanghai,” American Literature Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA,
  • “Beyond Wall Street: De-Centring Finance in the Contemporary Transnational Novel,” British Association of American Studies Conference

2015

  • “Global Finance in the Contemporary Anglophone Novel,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, Oregon
  • “Transnational Finance in Tash Aw’s Five Star Billionaire,” Mods Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania
  • “Architecture and Form,” Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute
  • “Concrete Violence: the Financialisation of Urban Space in American Psycho,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference

2014

  • “The Failure of Realism in Jonathan Franzen,” Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania
  • “Concrete Violence: the Financialisation of Urban Space in American Psycho,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association
  • “Financial Fiction, Fictional Finance: Genres of the Recent Financial Crisis," Modern Language Association Conference

2012

  • “The Real Deal: Financial Fiction After the Crash,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference

2011

  • ‘“living on burrow time’: Earthy History in Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker,” Postgraduate Conference, King’s College London
  • “‘like a bullet through blancmange’: The Violence of Style in P.G. Wodehouse,” Modernism Across Borders Conference, University of Pennsylvania

2009

  • “Reification, Repetition, and Reliquification: The Three Rs of Adorno’s Prose Style,” Social and Political Thought Conference, University of Sussex

Exhibitions

2015

  • “From the Bomb to the Crash: Geographies of Disaster in the American Century.” Exhibition at “Locating Post-45,” University of Pennsylvania, March 19-20

2014

 


Teaching experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Writing Place in Contemporary World Literature
    Introductory Seminar, Instructor, Fall 2018
  • 21st Century Science Fictio
    Intermediate Seminar, Instructor, Fall 2018
  •  Representations of State Violence in Film and Literature
    Upper Level Seminar, Instructor, Spring 2019

University of Michigan

  •  New Radical Science Fiction
    Upper-Level English Seminar, Instructor, Spring 2018

College of Wooster

  • Writing the Global City
    Introductory English Seminar, Instructor, Spring 2017
  • Girls in Contemporary Literature
    Upper-Level English Seminar, Instructor, Spring 2017
  • American Cities in the 20th Century
    Upper-Level English Seminar, Instructor, Fall 2016
  • Feminist Science Fiction
    Upper-Level English Seminar, Instructor, Fall 2016
  • Literary Natures
    Introductory English Seminar, Instructor, Fall 2016

University of Pennsylvania

  • Settings and Selves in American Literature
    Pre-Freshman Program, Coordinator and Instructor, Summer 2015, 2016
  • Gold Fever: Money and the Twentieth-Century American Novel
    Upper-Level Seminar, Instructor, Fall 2013
  • Senior Writing Tutor
    Graduate Writing Tutor, 2014-2016
  • Capitalism and Superheroes
    Critical Writing, Instructor, Fall and Spring 2014-15
  • Narratives of Medicine
    Critical Writing, Instructor, Spring 2013
  • The Uncanny
    Critical Writing, Instructor, Spring 2012
  • The Haunted House of American Fiction
    Critical Writing, Instructor, Fall 2011
  • Madness and Madmen in European Literature
    Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011
  • Portraits of Russian Society
    Teaching Assistant, Fall 2010

Advising

  • Honours Student Advisor, University of Michigan, 2017-2020
  • Senior Independent Studies Director, College of Wooster, 2016-17

Professional and Institutional Service

2016-2017

  • Co-Chair, Hilty Committee, College of Wooster
  • Committee Member for Senior Independent Thesis Award, College of Wooster  
  • Careers in English Workshop, College of Wooster

2014-15

  • Chair of Comparative Literature Association of Students, University of Pennsylvania

2011-12

  • Chair of Comparative Literature Association of Students, University of Pennsylvania

2011-14

  • Research Assistant for Professor Kevin Platt, Chair of Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania

2008-09

  • Organiser of Social and Political Thought Discussion Series, University of Sussex

Research and Teaching Interests

20th and 21st-century US novels, contemporary transnational novels, urban studies, modernism and postmodernism, literature and finance, contemporary speculative fiction, political economy, literary theory, affect studies, gender studies, Frankfurt School philosophy


Languages

French: Reading (good), speaking (conversational), writing (with dictionary)
Latin: Reading (good)
Spanish: Reading (with dictionary), speaking (conversational)


Professional Membership

American Comparative Literature Association
American Literature Association
American Studies Association
Association for the Study of the Arts and the Present
British Association of American Studies
Modern Language Association
Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association