I have designed and taught lower and upper division courses as Instructor of Record in the English Department at UCSB. I have also served as a Teaching Assistant for a range of classes including Southern U.S. Literature, Twentieth-Century Native American Novel and Narrative, British and American Literature from 1650-1789, and African American Literature from the 1930s to present. In addition, I have served as an Instructor for UCSB’s Writing Program, where I have taught Writing 2: Academic Writing. Writing 2 satisfies the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement, and is an introductory course to foundations of university writing.
English 165AR: Not Your Father’s Road Trip: Writers on the Road in Contemporary U.S. Literature (UC Santa Barbara)
This upper division course looks at works of contemporary American fiction that feature road trips, automobile aesthetics, and a preoccupation with mobility and movement. The writings we consider are each interested in conceptions of space, race, gender, and class within American society. Our study of these issues will center around an interest in mobility that we will trace back to the road trip genre as a point of departure for our class, as we work to redefine, explore, and problematize the genre itself and our expectations for it. As we read the novels, short stories, graphic narratives, and other works, we will develop our close reading skills and we will learn how to examine literary texts through theoretical lenses such as feminist theory, critical race theory, and affect theory. These theoretical perspectives will enhance our focus on mobility and will help us see how literature plays a role in socio-cultural and individual contexts. Texts include Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, Flaming Iguanas by Erika Lopez, Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie, and The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.
English 50: Introduction to U.S. Minority Literature (UC Santa Barbara)
English 50 is a lower division survey course that covers United States minority literature written in the 20th- century. Our class will look at four novels, secondary sources, theory, and other literary works to develop an understanding of the literature that has helped shape, respond to, and critique race relations in the United States. In addition to engaging with US literature, the goal of this class is to help you become a better writer, reader, and thinker. Throughout the course, we will consider how the legacy of the United States’ complex racial dynamics has informed the experiences of minority subjects living in the United States and how writers have used literature as a vehicle for exploring these dynamics. Authors include Louise Erdrich, Lorraine Hansberry, John Okada, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Gloria Anzaldua.
English 10: Introduction to Literary Study (UC Santa Barbara)
This lower division course is intended to acquaint students with the purposes and tools of literary interpretation. It will introduce techniques and vocabulary of analytic discussion and critical writing. For this class, we will study poetry, short stories, the graphic novel, drama, and the novel, with a special focus on developing the skills to read, discuss, and write about literature. Our readings will take us through the minds of authors, poets, and playwrights as we work together to deepen our understanding of why and how literature moves us, how literature and media are used to sway minds and influence decisions, and what particular aspects of the written (and sometimes drawn!) word contribute to a work’s power. Authors include Langston Hughes, Art Spiegelman, Louise Erdrich, Roald Dahl, and Flannery O’Connor.
Writing 2: Academic Writing (UC Santa Barbara)
This lower division course introduces students to the foundations of academic writing and research. At every class meeting, we will study and practice writing in different contexts. Together we will meet our primary goal: creating awareness of how writers construct texts and how readers interpret those same texts. By studying writing genres and their conventions, we will learn how to see “good writing” as something that transcends the fixed rules of grammar, style, and citation. This course will invite you to think of “good writing,” rather, as the product of practice, revision, and a willingness to approach new writing situations with curiosity and attention to context. Our goal is to cultivate skills, strategies, and habits of mind that will help you become a more effective writer and thinker. And, our goal is to help you enjoy writing and become a confident writer here at UCSB and beyond.