“Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” Walt Whitman
I’ve been teaching American literature at Cal Poly since 2005. I primarily teach texts written before 1900, but poetry, veterans studies, and Asian American literature often bring me up to the twenty-first century. The importance of religion to American literature has made the study of it a larger component of my teaching and research, and I also teach the Bible as Literature. In 2008-2009, I was deployed to Afghanistan as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and since that time I have published several essays, poems, and stories on the connections between literature, the university world, and military life. Most recently, I was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for my work on veterans in American literature.