I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Southern Utah University. I joined SUU's faculty in 2020 after finishing my PhD in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June of the same year.
My research area is contemporary ethnic U.S. literature, and in my scholarship I focus on questions of travel, mobility, and political immobilizations as they emerge in American fiction post World War II. My current research builds from the work my dissertation, Taking Route in Kinship: Multiethnic Literatures of the American Road Trip, began: examining how writers of color have re-appropriated an iconically white, masculine genre for their own explorations of compromised freedom in a U.S. context.
At Southern Utah, I teach courses in contemporary American literature, critical theory and its application to literary studies, and composition. My work on the politics of mobility in American fiction informs my approach to syllabi design as well.