My research interests include contemporary fiction, twentieth-century American literature, war literature, the American short story, and media studies.


“History, Hair, and Reimagining Racial Categories in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 54.2 (2013): 211–24. Print.  Abstract

“‘Maps of the World in Its Becoming’: Post-Apocalyptic Naming in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” Journal of Modern Literature 33.1 (2009): 57–74. Print. Reprinted in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (Bloom’s Guides). Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2011. 91–107. Print.  Abstract

Selected Presentations

“It’s Just Not that Simple: Redeployment and the Just/Unjust Divide.” American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 25–28, 2017.

“Revising the 2003 War in Iraq: Genre Switching and Public Discourse in David Abrams’ Fobbit.” International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, KY, Mar. 23–26, 2017.

“Just Like a Movie, Only More So: Representation, Reality, and Embedded Reporting in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Pop Cultural Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Seattle, WA, Mar. 22–25, 2016.