I am an Associate Professor and chair of the English Department at Centenary College of Louisiana. I teach courses in American Literature, digital media studies, science fiction, and cultural studies (among other things).
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, whether digital or physical.
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.
I have also spear-headed the creation and implementation of a sustainability living learning community on campus called the GreenHouse, which has been an exciting adventure!
I am currently writing a book about Ursula K. Le Guin, which will be included in the University of Illinois Press Modern Masters of Science Fiction series.
My article, "Nationalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Climate Change in the Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton," is forthcoming in Extrapolation.
My research cohort, Helen Burgess, and I recently published "New Media in the Academy: Labor and the Production of Knowledge in Scholarly Multimedia." in Digital Humanities Quarterly. 5.3 (Summer, 2011). <Click here to read full article>
Helen and I also just completed a demo version of 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 orginal argument, vintage film clips, and retro-futuristic ephemera from yesteryear. Here's an example of vintage film included in the project, Design for Dreaming (1956):
For more on my research, click here.
GreenHouse and Sustainability
I currently direct the GreenHouse, a Sustainability Living and Learning Community at Centenary College of Louisiana. I also serve as co-advisor for the Environment and Society Minor and have been the ACS Environmental Fellow since 2004. In my role as Environmental Fellow, I work closely with students, faculty, and staff to coordinate sustainability initiatives on campus. In 2010 I was appointed to a mayoral committee to devise strategies for energy efficiency and conservation in the city of Shreveport. For more on the GreenHouse and Sustainability, click here.
In May 2012, 15 students adventured out to Chimp Haven National Wildlife Sanctuary near Shreveport. This intensive course (May Module) allowed 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. They also had the opportunity to hear from experts in Primatology on Chimpanzee culture and behavior. In their final days at Chimp Haven, students became teachers, presenting posters of what they learned to visitors to the sanctuary for their monthly Discovery Day. They also spent a day giving back to the chimps by constructing enrichment toys and making treats.
For more about my courses and teaching, click here.