Educational and Professional History:`



  • Loyola University Chicago
  • English, Critical Theory & Rhetoric, May 2004
  • Dissertation:     “It is not in heaven”: Rhetoric, History , and the Possibility of Writing.
  • (defended With Distinction, April 2004)
  • Director: James Biester


  • Old Dominion University
  • English, Creative Writing, May 1997
  • Thesis: The Map the Body Makes (a book-length collection of poetry)
  • Director: Scott Cairns


  • University of North Texas
  • English, French minor, August 1994

Academic Positions:

  • Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington (September 2011-present).
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington (September 2004-present).
  • Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University (September 1997 – August 1999, September 2002 – April 2004).
  • Lecturer and Graduate Assistant, Loyola University Chicago (September 1999 – May 2002).

Professional Organizations:

  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Klal Rhetorica




  • Contingency, Immanence, and the Subject of Rhetoric, Parlor Press Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition (2013).

Articles & Chapters (in print):

  • “The Looks of Men: Doubling and Nostalgia in Mad Men.”  Popular Culture Review 21.1 (2010): 21-31.
  • “Love is a Battlefield: Sacrifice, the Abject, and Better Parenting through Lying.”  Pre/Text 19.2 (2009): 97-120.
  • “Bereshith.”  Kairos 12.3 (2008) <>.
  • “The Demand of God: The Relation of Narrative to Fantasy in The Chronicle of Solomon bar Simson. ”  Chasing Esther: Jewish Expressions of Cultural Difference.  Ed. David Metzger and Peter Schulman. Santa Monica and Haifa: Kol Katan Press (an imprint of The University of Haifa P), 2005.  136-154.
  • “Writing (and Doing) Trauma Study.”  JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 24.2 (2004): 491-507.
  • “Brian Eno and the Music of the Spheres: The Possibility of a Postmodern Church.” Studies in Medievalism X: Medievalism and the Academy II.  London: Boydell and Brewer, 1999. 216-231.
  • “Reading, the Masculine: An Orientation of the Community of Readers.”  Literature and Psychology 44.1-2 (1998): 96-112.
  • “Truth as Disease: Psychosis and Knowing in The Prisoner and The X-Files.”  Co-written with Anthony Enns, Popular Culture Review 8.2 (1997): 35-42.
  • “Cherish Your Fantasy: Discourse, Meaning, and the Teaching Novel.”  Bien Dire: A Journal of Lacanian Orientation 2-3 (1995-96): 55-77.
  • “Divinity in Hindsight: A Structural Evaluation of the Myth of Culture and the Hebrew Origin Narratives.” Semiotics 1994: The Proceedings of the 19th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America.  20-23 October 1994.  New York: Peter Lang, 1995.  210-222.


  • Two poems: “The Dispensation,” “The Fat Man.” Archaeopteryx 1 (Fall 2012): 39-56
  • “Abraham.” American Literary Review 19.2 (Fall 2008): 96-97.
  • Two poems: “What Has Not Happened Here,” “How to be Naked in Public.”  Paris Review 155 (Summer 2000): 150-152.
  • Three poems: “The Luminous Boy,” “Oubliette,” “Freud Before the Fireplace.”  Paris Review 154 (Spring 2000): 145-149.
  • “The Visible Man.”  Western Humanities Review LII.4 (Winter 1998): 306.
  • “The Out-Breeders.”  The North American Review 283.6 (Nov.-Dec. 1998): 16.
  • “Comfort.” Impossible Object 1.2 (1997).
  • “Dealing with Peter Lorre.” American Literary Review 8.1 (Fall 1997): 33.

In Progress:

  • “Psychoanalysis and Belief.”  Guest editor, forthcoming special issue of Pre/Text.
  • “Home Bodies: Prosthetic People and the Economy of Desire” (article).



  • “Home Bodies: Prosthetic People and the Economy of Desire.”  14th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010.
  • “The Looks of Men: The Gaze and Nostalgia in Mad Men.”  21st Annual Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, March 2009.
  • “Two Torahs:  Rabbinic Notions of Text & the Transmission of Knowledge.” 12th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Memphis, TN, May 2006.
  • “Close Reading” in “From Panel to Gallery: Twelve Digital Writings, One Installation.” Conference on College Composition & Communication Convention, Chicago, IL, March 2006. (Macromedia Flash; under consideration at Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.)
  • “In the Company of Men: Cruelty and Law in the Films of Neil LaBute.” 18th Annual Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 2006.
  • “Neil LaBute and the Shape of Man.” A Symposium in Rhetoric: Rhetoric and Culture, Commerce, Texas, February 25, 2005.
  • “The Body and Other Disasters in X-Men: The Movie. ” 13th Annual Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 2001.
  • “Post Modern Divinity: The Conflation of Culture and God in the Work of Brian Eno.”  Craft, Critique, Culture: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Writing in the Academy, Iowa City, Iowa, September 29-October 1, 2000.
  • “The Force of the Word:  God’s Lack and the Support of Creation.”  Third Annual National Lacan Symposium, Chicago, IL, Spring 1999.
  • “God the Subject and the Other Bible.” Semiotics Society of America, Toronto, Ontario, Fall 1998.
  • “Nabokov and the Possibility of AnOther World.” Semiotics Society of America, Louisville, Kentucky, Fall 1997.
  • “Reading, the Masculine: An Orientation of the Community of Readers.”  Second Annual National Lacan Symposium, Columbia, MO, Summer 1997.

Teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington:

  • Doctoral Students Supervision: 3 students (2 ABD)

  • Doctoral Committee Member: 10 students