Full CV in PDF format – April 2020 (loads in separate page)

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  • Continuing Lecturer, University of California, Davis, 2018-present
  • Lecturer, University of California, Davis, 2012-present
  • Postdoctoral/Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas, 2005-2012
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Susan K. Harris’s God’s Arbiters manuscript), 2010
  • Adjunct Instructor of English, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 2010-2011
  • AboutSF Program Coordinator, 2007-2009
  • Instructor of English, Missouri Valley College, 2003-2005
  • Technical Writer / On-Site Software Trainer, Covansys (now CSC), 1997-2004
  • Product Manager, BHA Group Inc. (now General Electric), 1996-1997



  • “War Machines and Child Geniuses: American Edisonades.” The Cambridge History of Science Fiction.  Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2019: 86-100 (book chapter).
  • “Dreiser, Dey, and the Dime-Novel Detective Tradition.” The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture. Alfred Bendixen and Olivia Carr Edenfield (eds.), New York: Routledge, 2017: 53-74 (book chapter).
  • “George Lippard’s Fragile Utopian Future and 1840s American Economic Turmoil.” Utopian Studies 24.2 (2013): 166-83.
  • “Reconstructing Biblical History: Garrett P. Serviss, Pauline Hopkins, and Technocratic Exploration Novels.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 34.4 (September 2012): 323-40.
  • Frank Reade, Jr., in Cuba: Dime-Novel Technology, U.S. Imperialism, and the ‘American Jules Verne.'” American Literature 83.2 (June 2011): 279-303.


  • “River Styx Leads to Athens” (short story), Sockdolager, Summer 2016
  • “Have You Seen Lucky?” (short story), Abyss & Apex, April 2014
  • “Eyesores” (short story), Perihelion, December 2013.
  • “The Return of Old Warpaint” (short story), Bronies (original anthology) Ed. L. Lambert Lawson. Kazka Press, 2012.
  • “Tenientes” (short story), Fantasy Magazine, February 2010.
  • “End of the Punch Line” (short story), Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k), February 2010.
  • “Rural Suburban” (short story), 10 Flash Quarterly (1:3), January 2010.
  • “Relics of Interesting Times” (short story), Footprints (original anthology) Ed. Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds. Hadley Rille Books, 2009.


  • Quarry Farm Fellowship, Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College, 2017
  • Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award, UC Davis, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Norman Foerster Prize for Best Essay in American Literature, 2011
  • Horatio Alger Fellowship in American Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University Libraries, 2011
  • Finalist, Marnie and Bill Argersinger Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, KU, 2011
  • Anne Marie Turner Award (for Outstanding Research in U.S. Literature), KU, 2010
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, KU Department of English, 2009
  • James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction Writing, 2008, 2007
  • PDA Quarterly Pride Award (Technical Writing, Bayer HomeHealth Project), 2001


  • “Old Sleuths: Portraying Age in Detective Serials, 1870-1900.” Special “Illustrating Crime Fiction” Panel. American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 25, 2018.
  • “In Nemo’s Footsteps: U.S. Responses to Verne’s Oceanic Internationalism.” C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 22-25, 2018.
  • “American C19 SF: Methodologies for the ‘Poe-Gernsback Gulf.'” Special Session on Recovering 19th-Century American Science Fiction. Science Fiction Research Association Conference, University of California, Riverside. June 30, 2017.
  • “Albert Bigelow Paine and Anna Adolph’s Polar Utopias: Gender, Faith, and Technocracy,” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2016.
  • “Boy Inventors and Jewish Giants: Biblical Literalism in 19th-Century Technocratic Dime Novels,” American Literature Association, Symposium on “God and the American Writer,” San Antonio, TX , Feb. 2015.
  • “Re-imagining Twain’s Talking-Dog Sentimentalism in 21st-Century Speculative Fiction.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), May 2013.
  • “Retro-Futurism in Context: Buddy Holly as Science-Fiction Metaphor.” SFRA/Eaton Conference, University of California-Riverside, 2013.
  • “Martí, Maceo, and Gómez as Dime-Novel Action Heroes, 1895-1898.” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2012.
  • “U.S. Expansionism and the Editorship of Luis Senarens.” Horatio Alger Society Conference, Northern Illinois University, May  2012.
  • “Sam and Orion’s Journey to the Center of Religious Doubt; or, Twain vs. Verne.” The Clemens Conference, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal, MO, Aug 2011.
  • “From ‘Used Up’ Man to Steam Man: Prosthetic Technology and U.S. Imperialism in Poe and Ellis.” 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference, University of California-Riverside, Feb 2011.
  • “Teaching Poe’s Anti-Technocratic Perspective.” American Literature Association (Special Session on “Teaching Poe in the Digital Age”), San Francisco, CA, May 2010.
  • “‘Re-Bop, Mop’: The R&B Heart of Langston Hughes’s Be-Bop Montage.” National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (Black Music Culture Area), St. Louis, MO, Apr 2010.


  • Ph.D. in English, University of Kansas
  • M.A. in English, Truman State University
  • B.A. in Communication (minor in International Studies), Truman State University


  • Modern Language Association
  • C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
  • American Studies Association
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Mark Twain Circle
  • Science Fiction Research Association
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
  • BMI (Registered Songwriter)


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