Assistant Professor, English Department
Areas of Interest
African American Literature and Culture
19th and 20th Century American Literature
Popular Music, Sound and Audio Culture Studies
Race and theories of Representation
"The Sonic Color-Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening" (book project
"‘Now that's a Lollapalooza!': Music, Multiculturalism, and White Racialization in the 1990s" (article in progress)
American Accents: Listening and the Construction of the ‘Average Citizen' (book project in progress)
“Reproducing U.S. Citizenship in a Blackboard Jungle: Race, Cold War Liberalism, and the Tape Recorder” (Out for review)
Books and Recent Articles
"Splicing the Sonic Color-Line: Tony Schwartz Remixes Postwar Nueva York," Social
Text (Spring 2010): 59-85.
"Under the Western Eyes of Fashion: Marie Claire's Construction of Global Feminism," The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Armed Repression, and Women's Poverty , Marguerite Waller, Amalia Cabezas, and Ellen Reese, eds. (Paradigm, forthcoming November 2007).
"‘Haute Culture' for Mail Order Missionaries: Representing the Third World Woman in the American Magazine," Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture (September 2006): 595-613.
"Bad Reputation: Rock Studies Rethinks American Identity," The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies (Spring 2004): 92-105.
Recent Courses Taught
ENG 380B Race Realism and the City: African American Literature 1940-1960
ENG 450Q Representation and Popular Music: The Live Concert
ENG 555D African American Literature to 1939
ENG 593G Introduction to Sound Studies: Noise
Union of University Professionals Individual Development Award 2010
Harpur Dean’s Research Semester 2010
Harpur Dean’s Workshop Grant, Binghamton University 2008-2009
Finalist, Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, American Studies Association 2007
University Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2006-2007, 2001-2002
Predoctoral Fellowship, Frederick Douglass Institute of African and African American Studies, University of Rochester, New York , 2005-2006
Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, 2005
Anna Bing Arnold Fellowship, USC, 2003-2004