Professor of English
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Office: Room 208, World Affairs Center
William and Gayle Keefer Chair of the Humanities
I have taught at Beloit since 2004, although before then I managed to live in every continental US time zone (not counting Yukon time!). At Beloit, I work with students to explore how storytelling can transform both our current world and worlds of the future.
I welcome mentoring student projects (critical and creative) on science fiction, climate fiction, the environmental humanities, neo-Victorian/ historical fiction, and narratives about data and modernity. Members of my classes often curate their own art exhibits (such as Green Romanticism and Frankenstein 200).
I published a book on mechanical models of feeling and community in the Victorian period, and enjoy teaching courses on literature, science, technology, environmental studies, media studies, literary adaptation, and evolving forms of human and posthuman identity. My current “passion project” explores fantasies of technological design and spiritual intelligence from Charles Babbage to the present.
My research has been recognized by fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, the British Society for Literature and Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the North American Victorian Studies Association.
When I’m not teaching or researching, you can find me running very slowly, hanging out with my family and cats, or ESL tutoring for Beloit’s Stateline Literacy Council. My parents came to the US as non-native English speakers from the Middle East (from the Armenian diaspora in Syria and Turkey), so I have a particular soft spot for foreign students and people interested in studying and traveling abroad.