M.F.A. English, The Ohio State University (2005)

B.A.     English, Ohio Wesleyan University (1996)



Columbus College of Art and Design, Department of English and Philosophy

Assistant Professor (2015-); Visiting Full-Time Faculty (2012-2015); Adjunct (2005-2012)

The Ohio State University, English Department, Lecturer (2006-2009)

Columbus State Community College, English Department, Adjunct Faculty (2006-2007)

Ohio Dominican University, English Department, Adjunct Faculty (2006-2007)



Nothing Has Been Done Before: In Pursuit of the New in 21st Century American Popular Music, forthcoming Fall 2017, Bloomsbury.


ARTICLES and STORIES (Print and Online)

Cultural Criticism, Features, and Interviews: Popular Music (Select)

"Ties That Bind", cultural criticism column. Various articles. PopMatters. June 2012-present. Online.

"Ordinary Life: Greil Marcus, Commonplace Songs, and Commonplace Listening." Los Angeles Review of Books. November 13, 2015. Online.

"Scenes of Love and Theft: Bob Dylan, Piracy, and Cultures of Transgression." Los Angeles Review of Books. July 1 2015. Online.

"Nothing Has Been Done Before." Public Books. November 15, 2014. Online


Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction

"Ring Around the Moon." 2 Bridges Review. Summer 2015.

"Lucky's Soliloquy." MAYDAY Magazine. Vol. 4, Summer 2011. Online.

"Back to Canaan." Filigree. Vol. 2, Summer 2011. Print.

(reprinted in Botticelli Magazine. Fall 2014. Online)

"Midwestern Doxology." Oxford Magazine. Vol. XXIII. 2009. Online.


Academic Publications: Comics Studies

"Profluent Lingering, Trauma and Subjectivity in Incognegro." International Journal of Comic Art. 15.2, Fall 2013. Print.

 "Neil Gaiman's 'Façade' and Patronal Feminism". The Comics Grid. January 16, 2013. Online.


Cultural Criticism, Interviews and Reviews: Comics (Select)

"Poetry Comics, Profluent Lingering, and Two Works by Bianca Stone." The Comics Journal. March 9, 2015. Online.

"Root Hog or Die directed by Dan Stafford." The Comics Journal. Oct. 21, 2014. Online.

"This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki." Heavy Feather Review. July 23, 2014. Online.

"No Man's Land by Blexbolex". Heavy Feather Review. December 10, 2013. Online.

"'Real Basic Reality, Like AAAAAAAAAARGHHHH!': Notes from Mark Beyer: With/Without Text". The Comics Journal. April 25, 2013. Online.



"Making Thought and Values: The Liberal Arts and Innovation," at the SVA-sponsored National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, Oct. 13-14, 2016, New York City.

"Expanding the Foundations: Using Comics in Freshman Common Reading Programs” at the Foundations of Art Theory and Education conference, March 28, 2015, Indianapolis.

"The Death of Mike Albergo: Ideology and The 'Nam" at the International Comic Arts Forum, November 13, 2014, Columbus, Ohio.

"Crossing Borderlines: Teaching Comics as an Interdisciplinary Art Form" at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, October 29, 2014, School ofVisual Arts, New York City, New York.

"Profluent Lingering, Trauma and Subjectivity in Incognegro" at the International Comic Arts Forum, May 25, 2013, Portland, Oregon.

Panelist, "Comics and Education"; moderator, "Max Ink: 10th Anniversary of Blink". Small Press and Comics Expo (SPACE) April 13-14, 2013, Columbus, Ohio.

"Mysterious Villains: Comics, Authorship and Legitimacy" at the Southeast College Art Conference's Annual Conference, Oct. 18, 2012, Durham, North Carolina.

"Office Spaces and the Epic Ordinary in American Splendor and Jimmy Corrigan" at Mix 2012 Comics Symposium, Oct. 6, 2012, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio. 


Public Readings and invited lectures

Red Wheelbarrow, spring 2016

"Back to Canaan". Botticelli Magazine reading. Columbus College of Art and Design. Dec. 2014.

"An Excerpt from Heresy, a novel in progress". Red Wheelbarrow Faculty and Student Reading

Series. Columbus College of Art and Design. February 2013.

"An Excerpt from Heresy, a novel in progress". Like They Do in the Future: A Reading

Sponsored by Heavy Feather Review. Cleveland. October 28, 2012

"Why Leo Wurtz Gave My Father a Ride to A.A.". Summer Hours: A Reading Sponsored by

Heavy Feather Review. Columbus. June 30 2012.

"An Excerpt from Heresy, a novel in progress". Paging Columbus. November 17 2011.


COURSES TAUGHT (at Columbus College of Art and Design, unless otherwise noted)

Fiction Writing

American Literature (20th and 21st century)

The Literature of Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics and Narrative Illustration

Introduction to Literature (200-level) [Prophecy in American Literature]

World Literature

Writing and the Arts (100-level composition)



Faculty Council (2016-2018)

Curriculum design for new comics arts major (2015-2016)

Intellectual Property Committee (2015)

Library Committee (2014-2015)

Programming Chair, Mix: CCAD Comics Symposium (2012-2013)

Curriculum Committee (2012-2014; chair 2013-2014)

Panel Moderator: Geek Out Columbus: Comics and Columbus; CPS event (Oct. 2013)

Member of Liberal Arts Assessment Committee (2012-2013)

Presented rationale for the use of Maus for CCAD Freshman Common Reader (2012)

Created course proposals for The Literature of Comics and Graphic Novels, Advanced Creative

Writing Workshop, and collaborated on proposal for Comics and Narrative Illustration.

CCAD (2011-2013)

"X-Raying Comics: Using Sequential Art in the High School Classroom". Presentation to the Art

Educators' Summer Studio, Columbus College of Art and Design. June 30 2011.



Teaching Excellence Award nomination (2013-2014)



Comics Studies Society (founding member, Nov. 2013, membership 2015-2017)

FATE: Foundations in Art Theory and Education (2014-2015)

SECAC: Southeastern College Art Conference (2012-2013)


Community Outreach

Mentor, Thurber House. Young Writers' Studio (Jan. 2012-present)

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, council member (2013-2015)

Judge, SPACE Prize (2013)

Selection committee, Thurber House/Columbus Museum of Art Graphic Novelist-in-Residency

program. (2012-2015)

Instructor, Thurber House. Youth Summer Writing Camp, grades 6-8 (2008-2009, 2011-2012).



References available upon request.