Associate Senior Instructional Professor, Humanities, Affiliate Faculty, Department of English and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
I’m the director of MAPH and a senior lecturer in the Humanities. I started at MAPH as a preceptor, when I was doing my Ph.D. in English here at U of C, and I’ve worked full-time for MAPH in various capacities since 2009. I work on and teach science fiction as a way of thinking and feeling beyond capitalism into collective, communal life. I’m particularly interested in the feminist utopian SF of the 1970s, environmental and ecological SF, and utopia and utopianism, as well as Marxist and communist theory. I’ve advised MAPH theses on solarpunk, femininity and artificial intelligence, Jamaica Kincaid, George Eliot, Ursula Le Guin, and a fantastic array of other topics (MAPH students are amazing!). Outside the university, I teach literature and theory in a free college-credit humanities program called the Odyssey Project, and I’m part of the Clearing School, a teaching and learning collective offering non-institutional, non-hierarchical, community-oriented classes for adults. I also co-host a podcast on the novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and utopias of many kinds.