Professor of English
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I have taught at Beloit since 2004, although before then I managed to live in every continental US time zone (not counting Yukon time!). I grew up in LA, went to college and graduate school on the East Coast, and first worked as a professor at the University of Utah. My research focuses on Victorian literature, early science fiction, and the cultural history of technology.
I published a book on mechanical models of feeling and community in the nineteenth century and enjoy teaching interdisciplinary courses on literature, science, technology, environmental studies, media studies, literary adaptation, and evolving concepts of human and posthuman identity. I welcome pursuing projects with students interested in literary-historical criticism or in writing science fiction or neo-Victorian/ historical fiction. Students in my classes also often curate their own art exhibits (such as Green Romanticism and Frankenstein 200).
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. My articles have appeared in Victorian Studies, Victorian Review, Women’s Writing, and various collections. My current “passion project” explores fantasies of technological design and spiritual intelligence from Charles Babbage to the present.
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.Edit my profile