In this video I offer a brief introduction to my upcoming Fall 2021 course “Interspecies Friendship.”

Course Description: “Interspecies Friendship”
Humans and killer whales, gorillas and cats, pigs and spiders, and even a lion, meerkat, and warthog: stories of interspecies relationships abound. What can we learn from literature about friendships that cross species lines? This Advanced Literature Course explores how different species experience the world, and how friendship can traverse such differences. Course texts include works by Aesop, Charles Darwin, Jack London, Layli Long Soldier, and Michael Pollan.


In the short video, below, I briefly discuss my course Briny Exchanges: Literature, Commerce, and the Sea, which I taught in the Spring and Fall, 2021.

Course Description: Briny Exchanges: Literature, Commerce, and the Sea
This literature course considers texts that takes place on or within multiple oceans, including the Atlantic, Caribbean, Pacific, and Arctic, and how such texts reflect developing connections between culture and commerce. Topics of discussion include the Middle Passage and insurance, fishing and whaling, and the labors of sailors and shipwreck survivors, among others. This literature course is designed especially for Fordham Gabelli School of Business students.


The following are reading lists for a few courses I have taught:

As I have learned from having designed and taught over 25 courses, including honors courses, composition courses, and intermediate and advanced literature courses, the same interests that fuel my research, namely drawing connections among diverse narratives, is a robust means of prompting student involvement. Bringing students’ own interests into the academic conversation creates a more equitable and engaged classroom. This approach to pedagogy has led to me receiving a Graduate Syllabus Prize (2017), the 2018 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and Fordham’s prestigious 2018-2019 Senior Teaching Fellowship, as well as being selected to participate in the 2021 MLA Teaching Institute. 

Courses I have taught include:

Interspecies Friendship (Fall 2021)

Aliens and Encounters with the Unknown (Summer 2021)

Briny Exchanges: Literature, Commerce, and the Sea (Spring, Fall 2021)

Journeying and Storytelling (Fall 2020)

Ocean Life (Summer 2020)

Honors: Speech and Rhetoric (Fordham Honors College, Spring 2019)

Honors: Writing Intensive (Fordham Honors College, Fall 2018)

Science Fiction and the Social Imaginary (Spring 2018)

Literary Oceans, Economic Currents (Fall 2017). This course was developed especially for Fordham Gabelli School of Business students.

Writing and Food (Fall 2016 – Fall 2021) (7 Sections Total)

Writing NYC (Summer 2017)

First Year Composition (Spring 2014, at Manhattan College, NY)

College Composition (Fall 2011-Spring 2013, at University of Maine, ME)


Please also see “Caribbean Revolts and Revolutions,” a teaching guide I created to help high school and first-year college students better understand the diverse history of Caribbean uprisings.