Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. English. Coordinator, American Studies Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Harvard University.
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: American literature and culture, 1845-1945; popular genres in literature (for example, detective fiction, science fiction, horror, romance); media studies (particularly film, popular music, and broadcasting); ethnicity in American culture; the literature of New York City; cultural studies and cultural theory.
Theory Group Field Specialization: Literary History, Criticism, and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: American Literature to 1900|Twentieth-Century Literature
Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll. Forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Co., 2012.
"Lost." In David Lavery, ed., The Essential Cult Television Reader Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010. 149-158.
"One Shining Second: Mythic Chicago and Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century America." Journal of Urban History.35.6 (2009): 895-902.
"The Neverending Series: The Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Past/Present/Future of Mass Media Narrative." In David Lavery and Angela Hague, eds. Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the Television Theory of Tomorrow. London: Wallflower Press, 2002. 159-72.
"The Peaks and Valleys of Serial Creativity: What Happened to/on Twin Peaks." In David Lavery, ed. Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995. 30-50.
Modern Lives: A Cultural Re-Reading of "The Lost Generation". West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 1996.
"Four Faces of The Confidence-Man: An Academic Blind man's Zoo." ESQ 38 (1993): 133-160.
"The 'Wholeness' of the Whale: Melville, Matthiessen, and the Semiotics of Critical Revisionism." Arizona Quarterly 48.3 (1992): 27-58.