I have taught at UCR since 2006. I hold a Ph.D. in literature, and consider myself a generalist in the Liberal Arts tradition. I coordinate the Film, Theatre, and Media Studies track at UCR. My research interests include the environmental humanities, and the Anthropocene provides opportunities to cross disciplinary boundaries. I am also a scholar on the Beat Generation, a group of postwar literary bohemians. I believe in the idea of the Renaissance human, a moral, well-rounded human being with wide interests, humility, and perseverance. I teach young people the importance of asking big questions, to “think like a mountain.” This means developing a deep appreciation of the interconnectedness of everything, and it starts the first week of the semester.
Anthologies, Books and Edited Volumes
- “Keep on Rolling Under the Stars: Green Readings on the Beat Generation.” Humanities (2021)
- Fractured Ecologies. Aggar, Denmark: Eyecorner Press, 2020
- The Green Ghost: William Burroughs and the Ecological Mind. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016
- Polina Mackay and Chad Weidner (eds). The Beat Generation and Europe. Comparative American Studies 11.3 (2013)