I hold a Ph.D in American Literature (1865-1914) from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a BA and an MA in English from the University of Central Arkansas. After graduate school, I taught at Auburn University and then transitioned to online teaching in 2004. I retired from teaching in October of 2017, leaving my post as Program Director of Interdisciplinary Studies for Baker College Online to research and write full time.
Among the various projects I plan to pursue is a revision of my dissertation from 2001. My focuses on the connections of regionalist writers' works to utopian themes. While that work needs substantial updating, it informs the other projects I wish to pursue as well.
I live in a fairly small town (Camden, Arkansas); we relocated here after my wife completed a residency in OB/GYN. Being part of a scholarly community would help me make the adjustment from my former career as a college faculty and administrator to full time researcher and writer.
In addition to my work in literary studies, I am also an active member of the AMA Alliance, a blog editor for the national publication Physician Family, and a regular contributor to their print publication.
Current research areas:
Octave Thanet, Feminist Science Fiction, Joanna Russ, Mizora, 19th century utopias (literal and literary)