My area of expertise is twentieth-century American literature, with a focus on life writing, crime, and the American prison system. I have experience teaching in Canada, the US, and the UK. My work has been published in American Studies, Critical Survey,and MELUS, and I am currently completing a book project about the literary history of the American prison system.
In this course, students will learn academic reading and writing skills by exploring different aspects of criminality. We will read critical work from a variety of disciplines, including criminology, cultural studies, sociology, and history, that address such diverse topics as the nature and causes of criminal behaviour; the role of the police and the judiciary, especially in relation to minority communities; and the cultural meaning of crime and deviance, particularly in American culture, where debates around crime have become especially heated in recent years.