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Ph.D., English, 2012
University of California, Irvine
Critical Theory Emphasis
Dissertation: Stigma in Shakespeare, directed by Julia Reinhard Lupton (co-chair), Victoria Silver (co-chair), and Ian Munro

M.A., English, 2006 
University of California, Irvine

B.A., English , 2004
San Diego State University 


Preceptor in Expository Writing
Harvard College Writing Program
Harvard University

Writing Lecturer
Department of Criminal Justice
California State University, Long Beach


Macbeth and Criminology.” College Literature (2018): forthcoming.

"'Savage and deformed': Stigma as Drama in The Tempest." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 31 (2017): forthcoming.

“‘When evil deeds have their permissive pass’: Broken Windows in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.” Law and the Humanities (2017): forthcoming.

“‘You must needs be strangers’: Stigma and Sympathetic Imagination in Shakespeare’s Sir Thomas More.” Lincoln Humanities Journal 5 (2017): forthcoming.

“‘To be, or not to be’: Shakespeare Against Philosophy.” Shakespeare (2017): forthcoming, online before print: [French Trans. “Être ou ne pas être’: Shakespeare contre la philosophie.” Trans. Oliver Norman. Shakespeare au Risque de la Philosophie. Ed. Pascale Drouet et Philippe Grosos. Paris, France: Éditions Hermann. 419-44.]

“The Hamlet Syndrome” (with Henry F. Fradella). Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2017): forthcoming, online before print:

“The Trouble with Disability in Shakespeare Studies.” Disability Studies Quarterly 37.2 (Spring 2017):

“Violent Crime as Revenge Tragedy; Or, How Christopher Dorner Led Criminologists at CSU Long Beach to Shakespeare.” This Rough Magic (June 2016):

“‘What Shakespeare Says About Sending Our Children Off to College.” Academe 102.3 (May/June 2016):

“Why We Write in College.” Writing on the Edge 26.1 (Fall 2015): 89-92.

“The Word ‘Criminology’: A Philology and a Definition.” Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society 16.3 (Dec. 2015): 61-82.  [Russian trans. “Слово «криминология»: филологическое исследование и определение.” Actual Problems of Economics and Law 10.3 (2016): 227-51.]

“‘It started like a guilty thing’: The Beginning of Hamlet and the Beginning of Modern Politics.” CounterPunch (24 July 2015):

“Why I Write on My Mobile Phone.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 61.22 (13 Feb. 2015): B20.

“Shakespeare and Criminology.” Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal 10.2 (2014): 97-114.

“Hath Not a Jew a Nose? Or, the Danger of Deformity in Comedy.” New Readings of the Merchant of Venice. Ed. Horacio Sierra. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 131-61.

“Interpretive Community.” The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Ed. Patrick Colm Hogan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 405.

Invited Lectures and Interviews

“Shakespeare and Trump.” Lowell, MA: Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, Sept. 2017.

"Shakespeare and Trump." Interview with Neema Parvini, Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory, Nov. 2016.

“Shakespeare Across the Curriculum.” Gallaudet University and the Folger Shakespeare Library: First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, Aug. 2016.

“’To be, or not to be’: Shakespeare Against Philosophy.” Poitiers, France: Subjecting Shakespeare to the Risks of Philosophy, March 2016.

“You Must Re-Think This: What The Bard Tells Us About Broken Windows and Policing.” Washington DC: National Public Radio: Weekend in Washington, Nov. 20014.

“The Figure of Stigma in Shakespeare’s Drama.” Harvard University: Renaissance Colloquium, Sept. 2014.

“Richard’s Deformities.” UC Irvine: English and Comparative Literature Graduate Dissertation Colloquium, Nov. 2011. 

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards (Selected)

2016: Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Education for “‘To be, or not to be’: Shakespeare Against Philosophy” (Harvard)

2014: Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (Harvard)

2014: Fuerbringer Summer Research Grant (Harvard)

2013: Grant from the College of Health and Human Services for Online Curriculum Development for Criminal Justice 304, “Criminological Theory” (CSU Long Beach)

2011: MLA Travel Grant

2011: Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant (UC Irvine)

2010: Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant (UC Irvine)

2009-10: Dissertation Year Fellowship (UC Irvine)

2007: Critical Theory Emphasis’ Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory Fellowship for Cartographies of the Theological-Political (UC Irvine)

2006-08: Research Assistantship for visiting scholar Stanley Fish (UC Irvine)

2005-06: Chancellor’s Fellowship (UC Irvine)

2003: Roberta Borkat Essay Contest Winner for “Milton, Satan, and Galileo: The Infernal Triad of Paradise Lost” (SDSU)

Conference Papers (Selected)

“Pluperfect Presentism.” Strategic Presentism. New York, NY: MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 2018.

“Shakestats: Writing About Shakespeare Between the Humanities and the Social Sciences.” Teaching Shakespeare: New Digital Challenges and Solutions. Philadelphia, PA: MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 2017. 

“Shakespeare on the Classics, Shakespeare as a Classic: A Reading of Aeneas’s Tale to Dido.” University of Hull, U.K.: Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives, Sept. 2016.

“Why Shakespeare? Irony and Liberalism in the Canonization Process.” University of Hull, U.K.: Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives, Sept. 2016.

“Stigma as Drama, Stigma as Rhetoric: From Shakespeare to Goffman and Back and then Forward.” Signs, Symptoms, Stigmata. Harvard University: American Comparative Literature Association Annual Convention, March 2016.

“Stigma in Shakespeare.” Case Western Reserve University: Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy, July 2014.

“The Figure of Stigma in Shakespeare's 3 Henry VI: Abnormality, Villainy, Irony, Tragicomedy.” Shakespeare I. San Diego, CA: Renaissance Society of America Conference, April 2013.

“The Ugly Truth: Thersites and the Satire of the Poetomachia.” Early Modern Disabled Bodies and Cultural Discourses. Seattle, WA: Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Jan. 2012. 

“Deforming Richard III in the Sixteenth Century: The Rhetoric of Disfigurement up to Shakespeare’s 2 Henry VI.” Poetry and Disability. Claremont, CA: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Nov. 2011.

“Shylock’s Nose.” UC Irvine: The Merchant of Venice: An Open Invitation?, Feb. 2011.

“The Advent and the Adventure: The Poetics of Imperfection in Revelation and The Faerie Queene.” Ends of Time: Apocalypses Ancient and Modern. Los Angeles, CA: Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Jan. 2011.

“The Unnatural Age of Margaret: Antiquating the Dramatic Ontology of Richard III.” Shakespeare. Albuquerque, NM: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Oct. 2010.

“Anti-Figural Rhetoric and the Death of Physiognomy: Physical Deformity During the Philosophical Enlightenment.” Disability Studies and Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture. Salt Lake City, UT: South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 35th Annual Meeting, Feb. 2010.

Teaching Experience (Selected)

2014-17    EXPOS 20 (Freshman Composition): “Why Shakespeare?” (19 Sections)

2012-14     CCJ 110 (Lower-Division): “Introduction to Criminal Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning” (11 Sections)

2012-14     CCJ 304 (Upper-Division): “Criminological Theory” (Team Taught; 5 sections)

2011-12     WR 139 (Upper-Division): “Form and Deformity: Physical and Academic Norms and Abnormalities” (4 Sections)

Spring 2011     ENG 102B (Upper-Division): “Pastoral and the English Civil War” (TA for Victoria Silver)

Fall 2010     WR 139 (Upper-Division): “Milton’s Paradise Lost”

2008-09     ENG 28B (Lower-Division): “Introduction to Drama” (2 Sections)

Fall 2008     ENG 28A (Lower-Division): “Introduction to Verse”

Summer 2008     ENG 230 (Graduate): “Hamlet and Revenge Tragedy (TA for Victoria Silver)

Summer 2008     ENG 102A (Upper-Division): “The Renaissance Self” (TA for Victoria Silver)

Winter 2008     ENG 103 / REL STD 100 (Upper-Division): “God: A Literary Introduction” (TA for Jack Miles)