I’m an Assistant Professor of English-Digital Humanities in the English Department at California State University, Chico. My research and teaching interests include digital humanities, medieval studies, poetics, and critical theory. I earned an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a PhD in English from Indiana University. I’ve been teaching (very nearly continually) since 2003 when I took a long term substitute position at my alma mater, Selma High School, in Selma, California – the Raisin Capital of the World. Since coming to Chico State in 2014 as a Lecturer, I’ve taught courses in ancient and medieval literature and culture; college writing; literature and political activism; literary theory; technology, history, and society; and technology and literature. I work at the intersections of medieval studies and what are generally considered the more speculative dimensions of the digital humanities. My work has appeared in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Pedagogy, The Medieval Review, Exemplaria: medieval/early modern/theory, Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde. A current digital project, titled The Procedural Sonnet, is a text-based video game in which a player makes poetic choices while navigating a seventeenth century sonnet sequence.


PhD, English, Indiana University, 2014.

MA, Humanities, University of Chicago, 2006.

BA, English & Classical Civ, Fresno Pacific University, 2001.


Peer-Reviewed Articles
“Poetic Deformance and the Procedural Sonnet.” Proceedings of the 2019 Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Media Arts Festival, special issue of Electronic Book Review. (May 2020). https://electronicbookreview.com/essay/poetic-deformance-and-the-procedural-sonnet/.

“Digital Humanities as Anamorphosis.” Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory. 31.2 (June 2019): 154–70.

w/ Miranda Yaggi. “Student Scholarly Identity and Multimodal Making with a Digital Anthology Project.” The Once and Future Classroom 13.2 (September 2017). https://once-and-future-classroom.org/student-scholarly-identity-and-multimodal-making-with-a-digital-anthology-project/.

“Lydgate’s Jailbird.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 36 (2014): 77–101.

Editor-Reviewed Multimodal Project
w/ Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger & Elise Lonich Ryan. “Translatio Amicorum: Translating Friendship at a Distance.” Mina-Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde, “Post(cards): En Dehors Garde Flash Mob.” (October 2018). https://mina-loy.com/category/endehorsgarde/.

Exhibition Catalog Curator Statement
“Imagining the Past: Hearing Old Stories, Listening to New Voices.” Imagining the Past Exhibition Catalog. Chico, CA: Janet Turner Print Museum, 2018.

Other Publications
“On Being Late to the Game.” Proceedings of the 2019 Connected Learning Summit. Ignite Talk Abstract: 250 words. March 2020, p. 218. https://2019.connectedlearningsummit.org/proceedings/.

“Playing the Procedural Sonnet.” Proceedings of the 2018 Connected Learning Summit. Technology Demonstration Abstract: 250 words. March 2019, pp. 380–381. https://connectedlearningsummit.org/cls2018/proceedings/.

“Individual Work: Sea and Spar Between.” Entry in the Electronic Literature Directory. 7 June, 2017. http://directory.eliterature.org/individual-work/4897.

Book Reviews
Strange Footing: Poetic Form and Dance in the Late Middle Ages. By Seeta Chaganti. The Medieval Review. May 12, 2020. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/30851.

Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: Contexts and Interpretations. Edited by Jamie C. Fumo. The Medieval Review. March 16, 2020. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/29903.

Geoffrey Chaucer: A New Introduction by David Wallace. The Medieval Review. November 13, 2018. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/26104.

The Cambridge Introduction to Chaucer by Alastair Minnis. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 37 (2015): 305–307.

John Lydgate’s Mummings and Entertainments by Claire Sponsler. “John Lydgate’s ‘Noble Devices’.” Pedagogy 13.2 (2013): 395–397.

Blog Posts

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Alchemy as Infinite Game in BL Harley MS 2407,” Medieval Academy of America. Indiana University. Virtual, April 17, 2021. Program link: https://maa2021.indiana.edu/program/index.html.






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