Going Home: Stories of Reintegration and Return, (Spring 2020), Emory University

  • Course Description: In the criminal justice system, reintegration refers to an incarcerated individual’s process of reentry into society. After war, society asks veterans to transition from life under threat to civilian life. Natural disasters and conflicts displace communities, leaving them little choice but to seek refuge and integrate into a “home away from home.” The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously wrote “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Journeys away from home and back can often be (trans)formative experiences, but for many soldiers, prisoners, and refugees, homecoming poses a unique set of financial, emotional, and psychological challenges. What is “home” anyway? Can you ever really go back? How can you restore what’s been lost?To better understand the process of reintegration in these settings, we will engage theories of trauma, moral injury, diaspora studies, and restorative justice practices to inform textual analysis of various literary genres including but not limited to the epic, romance, drama, lyrical poetry, film, and the novel form. This is a writing-intensive course, and students will develop the skills necessary to write about literature through a variety of creative and analytic assignments including reflections, close readings, museum label copy, and literary criticism. At the end of the semester you will curate a portfolio of your work and reflect on your progress as a writer and researcher.

We the People: Writing and Dissent (Fall 2019), Emory University

  • Course Description: Debate and deliberation are essential components of democratic societies. Yet, U.S. democratic history is rife with examples of voices and perspectives silenced or excluded from political discourse. In turn, those marginalized by and/or from institutions of power have deployed various rhetorical strategies to oppose the status quo and defend the issues important to them. In this course, you will explore the language and legacy of dissent in speeches, court decisions, literature, performances, and demonstrations in order to understand, appreciate, and evaluate methods of composing dissent.  Like the authors we study, we’ll write to make change.  As civically-engaged citizens, many of us will also have the opportunity to make change in our communities by volunteering our time and talent with project SHINE, Emory’s premier engagement program with the refugee, immigrant, and new American communities in metro Atlanta. Over the course of the semester you will channel the spirit of dissent to create a series of projects, including a rhetorical analysis, an op-ed, and a multimodal presentation. At the end of the semester you will curate a portfolio of your work and reflect on your progress as a writer and researcher.

2017 First Year Writing Seminar, Boston College (Spring 2017)

2016 First Year Writing Seminar, Boston College (Fall 2016)


2019 British Literature Since 1660 (Prof. Paul Kelleher; Spring 2019)
2018 British Literature to 1660 (Prof. James Morey; Fall 2018)