I'm a 33-year-old cancer survivor, who recently completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida. I'm originally from Milwaukee, WI but moved to Tennessee while in middle school. Before studying at UF, I attended Tennessee Technological University where I earned a Bachelor's in History, a Bachelor's in Journalism, and a Master's in English. After living in Gainesville, FL for five years, I've recently moved back to Tennessee and will soon call Nashville home. I'm currently working as a freelancer in editorial and creative capacities.
My scholarly work incorporates comics, American literature, trauma theory, adaptation, remix, transnational narratives, memory theory, and censorship. You can find a complete list of my scholarly research and publications, thus far, under the Curriculum Vitae tab.
I have taught college-level courses for the past eight years at Tennessee Technological University and the University of Florida. You can find samples of my pedagogical record in the sample syllabi section as well as my professional statements section.
I continue to serve on the editorial board for Sequentials - a journal that features comics-as-scholarship.
After reading comics for so long, I have started making my own (as well as other illustrative work), and I am a proud capital-A Amateur. I'm taking online courses to improve and see what happens after that.
I enjoy hiking as well as other outdoor activities. I travel often (before and hopefully after the pandemic) and am working on visiting all of America's national parks.
Aside from the natural world, another major interest of mine is tattoos. After my cancer treatment left my body permanently altered, I decided to dedicate my body as a canvas to the artwork of others as a means of making the world more colorful and beautiful. Our bodies should be a celebration of our humanity, as we choose them to be. So, I've completed two sleeves and am currently working on a second chest piece.