Faculty Biography

Assistant Professor of English, B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. in English Literature with an emphasis in Renaissance Literature and Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research centers on the politics of embodied subjectivity and specifically examines how Renaissance thinkers confronted the theoretical tension between the body and discourse to work through the period’s most pressing concerns. His main book project, “The Labors of Hercules: Embodied Learning and Male Domestication in Renaissance Literature and Culture,” argues that it was through an attention to children’s embodiment that educational theorists and literary figures developed key strategies for sublimating the traditional male-defining violence of the knight-warrior ethos. He is also at work on a collection of essays tentatively entitled “Ignoble Lies: Experiential Readings of the Renaissance.” More metacritical in nature, this project draws especially on the African American autobiographical tradition to illustrate how identity—his identity as an African American Renaissance scholar—legitimately and ethically informs the analytical process. As these projects suggest, his teaching interests are broad. He has taught a range of courses including “Shakespeare and the Pedagogy of Sexual Violence,” “Epic Masculinities: From Homer to Milton,” and “Autobiographies of Black Masculinity.”