I am a Professor of English and Associate Dean at Centenary College of Louisiana. I teach courses in American Literature, digital media studies, gender studies and queer theory, science fiction, and cultural studies. I also direct Centenary’s First-Year Program, Trek.

As a member of our Communication program faculty, I teach courses in Digital Rhetoric and Cultures and New Media Studies. Most recently, I’ve been interested in “procedural rhetoric,” a term derived from game studies, as an approach to understanding our interactions with built environments, including the educational spaces such as the university classroom.

My research interests lie at the intersections of gender, new media, and the environment in American literature, film, and culture. My current co-authored project, Highways of the Mind, a work of digital scholarship, comes together at the nexus of these research interests.

Research Highlights

My article, “Nationalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Climate Change in the Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton,” which was published in Extrapolation, was nominated for an ASFR Pioneer award.

I’m also fond of the article, “New Media in the Academy: Labor and the Production of Knowledge in Scholarly Multimedia.” in Digital Humanities Quarterly. 5.3 (Summer, 2011) which I co-authored with Helen Burgess. <Click here to read full article>

Helen and I also wrote Highways of the Mind, a work of multimedia scholarship that explores the history of the interstate highway system and its transformative impact on the physical and cultural landscapes of America. The project is full of critical analysis and original argument, vintage film clips, and retro-futuristic ephemera from yesteryear. It was published by University of Pennsylvania Press and can be downloaded in the Apple Books App. Here’s an example of vintage film included in the project, Design for Dreaming (1956):

Teaching Highlights
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Centenary Students present posters on Chimpanzee Culture at a Chimp Haven Discovery Day

In May of each year I take about 15 students to Chimp Haven National Wildlife Sanctuary near Shreveport. This intensive course allows students to explore the meaning of “culture” and “intercultural engagement” in the context of our relationship to non-human primates. Students explored key works in cultural primatology and animal studies, and applied that understanding during extensive observation of chimpanzee social groups at the sanctuary. Students also have the opportunity to hear from experts in Primatology on Chimpanzee culture and behavior. In their final days at Chimp Haven, students become teachers, presenting posters of what they have learned to sanctuary visitors during Chimp Haven’s monthly Discovery Day event. Students also spend a day giving back to the chimps by constructing enrichment toys and making treats.

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