My interest in science fiction originates in my doctoral work at UNC, Chapel Hill on science and religion in science fiction. I have since published two books, both focusing on aspects of science fiction: the first on alternate histories and the second focusing on gender and age. I am now working on my third book project (under contract at Liverpool University Press), which examines fantastic representations of sport in literature, particularly in science fiction, both cataloging this almost entirely unexamined literary tradition and arguing that the reason for its neglect reflects a more widespread social suspicion of the athletic body as monstrous (read more about this under “Current Research”). This work represents my great interest in issues of embodiment, intersectionality, and biopsychosocial approaches. These interests have also led me to publish on topics as diverse as aging, climate change, material and revisionist history, monstrosity, dark matter, utopia, and aestheticism.
I have also taught at several universities throughout the US in my past several years of post-graduate teaching experience. I have, for example, taught courses on science fiction at UNC and the University of Illinois, world literature surveys at Auburn, and special topics courses in American literature at UC Davis. I have also taught distinctly interdisciplinary courses, such as the science and literature course I offered at Case Western Reserve University. And of course I have taught more than a thousand students in first-year writing courses. In each of these courses, I have focused on bridging the “two cultures” through direct engagement of scientific processes with literary expression. Of course, this also makes for a wonderful laboratory for experimenting with ideas that fuel my scholarship as well. I currently live and teach in Georgia.