My teaching centers upon English literature of the 16th and 17th century, especially the drama of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson and the poetry of Spenser and Milton, but I also frequently teach the intersection of that literary archive with political philosophy, metaphysics, medical writing, affect theory, eco-materialism, queer theory and psychoanalysis. In a separate stream of writing and thinking, I work on musical subculture and performance. When I’m not doing those things, I also make electronic music with my partner in a group called Matmos and by myself as The Soft Pink Truth.


U.C. Berkeley BA in Philosophy and English, Oxford University BA in English, UC Berkeley PhD in English.


In addition to articles for journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Opera Quarterly, Social Text, Film Quarterly, Criticism, TELOS, Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Journal of English Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Early Modern Studies, The WIRE and others, I have written two books: “The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance” (Fordham University Press, 2013) and “20 Jazz Funk Greats” (Continuum, 2008).


I’m working on a book manuscript about suicide, politics and form. The working title is “Joy of the Worm: Genres of Self-Killing in the Age of Shakespeare.”

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

MLA 2018, SAA 2018, RSA 2018



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