Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed

“‘Let me bite you again’: Vampiric Agency in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling.” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, vol. 21, no. 4, 2015, pp. 561–84.

 

Non-Peer Reviewed

“A Sense of Wonder and Other Feminist Feelings.” The New! The Now! The Fantastic!: Artistic and Scholarly Innovation. Spec. issue of Deletion: The Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies, vol. 4, 2014, n. pag.

LOST in Capitalism: or, ‘Down Here Possession’s Nine-Tenths,’” Looking for LOST: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series, edited by Randy Laist, McFarland, 2011, pp. 189–201.

 

Reviews

“Octavia Butler’s Agential Acts.” Rev. of Of Bodies, Communities, and Voices, by Florian Bast. Extrapolation.

Rev. of Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic, edited by by Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan. The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

Rev. of The Sex is Out of This World: Essays on the Carnal Side of Science Fiction, edited by Sherry Ginn and Michael G. Cornelius. The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

Rev. of Understanding Lorrie Moore, by Alison Kelly. The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, vol. 46, no. 1, Spring 2013, pp. 111–4.

“Humanism on Gallifrey.” Rev. of The Humanism of Doctor Who: A Critical Study in Science Fiction and Philosophy, by David Layton. Science Fiction Studies, vol. 120.40.2, July 2013, pp. 382–4.

Rev. of Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age, edited by Wendy Martin and Cecelia Tichi. Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, Spring 2013, pp. 126–8.

“A Gift of Le Guin.” Rev. of 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, edited by Karen Joy Fowler and Debbie Notkin. Science Fiction Studies, vol. 115.38.3, Nov. 2011, pp. 538–9.

 

Digital Scholarship

“Moderating Lolita.” The Front Page, MediaCommons, March 2013.

“‘What Color Was He, Exactly?’: Tobias and the Glass Closet.” in media res, MediaCommons, Feb. 2013.

“The Rape Joke Embodied: Invoking the Vagina.” in media res, MediaCommons, Nov. 2012.

 

Other

“Introduction.” (Co-written with Robert Albanese et al.) The Norton Introduction to Literature Shorter Eleventh Edition, University of Iowa Custom Edition, edited by Kelly J. Mays, W. W. Norton & Co., 2013, pp. v–xiv.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Invited Presentation

“‘Like a frog in a jar’: Surfacing’s Visual Rhetoric of Pregnancy.” Between Activism and Apocalypse: The Work of Margaret Atwood, Indiana University, Bloomington, January 2015.

 

Papers Delivered

“Reading Ruptures.” Futures of American Studies Institute, Hanover, June 2014.

“‘Fracture in Order to Fight’: Possession, Enchantment, and Sub-Agency in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo and Nalo Hopkinson’s The Salt Roads.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2014.

Heavy Rain, Empathy, and the Problem of Player Agency.” Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, St. Louis, October 2013.

“Abortion, Sacrifice, and Madness in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays.” Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference, Iowa City, September 2013.

“Solving a Puzzle That No One Else Has Solved: Quests for Missing Fathers in Post-9/11 Literature.” Craft Critique Culture Conference, Iowa City, March 2013.

“The Future Belongs to Crowds: Nanotechnology and the Evolution of Human Perception.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2013.

“The Nuclear Family: Monstrous Domesticity in American Cold War Science Fiction,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2012

“They’ve Been Warned About Teachers Like Me: Toward an Anti-Racist Pedagogy,” MMLA Conference, St. Louis, November 2011

“Weaving a Symbiotic Family: Sexuality, Trauma, and Belonging in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling,” Craft Critique Culture Conference, Iowa City, April 2011

“Lipstick and Skin: The Posthuman Ridiculous in Doctor Who,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2011

“A Screen Too Small: Intertextual Bisexuality on (and off) Television,” NeMLA Conference, Montreal, April 2010

“‘I’m With CoCo!’: Strategic Alliances Between Television Consumers and Producers,” Craft Critique Culture Conference, Iowa City, April 2010

“And Now a Word From the Dharma Initiative: The Importance of Things in LOST,” NeMLA Conference, Boston, February 2009

 

Invited Panel Participation

“University Student Services.” Panelist. Open Doors Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 2017.

“University Student Services.” Panelist. Careers Outside the Academy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 2016.

“Parenting in Academia: Demands for Childcare and Parental Leave.” Panelist. COGS (Committee to Organize Graduate Students) 20th Anniversary, University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 2016.

“Comprehensive Examination Portfolios: Information Session.” Panelist. Association for Graduate Students in English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, October 2014.

“The Fantastic Absurdities of Rocky Horror.” Panelist. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2011.

 

Panels Organized and Chaired

Student Caucus Sponsored Essay Workshop with Sherryl Vint. Organizer and Moderator. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2014.

Student Caucus Panel: “Navigating Academic Job Markets.” Organizer and Moderator. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2014.

“Miéville and the Impossible Story of Fantasy.” Chair. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2014.

“Player and Story in Video Games.” Chair. Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, St. Louis, October 2013.

Student Caucus Sponsored Essay Workshop with Gary K. Wolfe. Organizer and Moderator. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2013.

Student Caucus Panel: “How to Get Published in Academic Journals.” Organizer and Moderator. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2013.

“Digital Technologies and Revolutions in (Post)Humanity.” Organizer and Chair. Craft Critique Culture Conference, Iowa City, March 2012.

“The Science in SF.” Chair. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 2012.

“Gay Subjects.” Chair. Craft Critique Culture Conference, Iowa City, April 2011.

“Queer Transformations: From Page to Screen (and Back).” Chair. NeMLA Conference, Montreal, April 2010.