In this video I offer a brief introduction to my upcoming 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 lines between species? What insights are to be found in considering how other species experience the world, and how might friendship traverse differences? This course will consider examples of interspecies friendships from literary works ranging from Black Beauty and The Call of the Wild to scientific and philosophical texts by Darwin and Derrida. 

In the short video, above, I briefly discuss my course  Briny Exchanges: Literature, Commerce, and the Sea, which I will be teaching in Spring, 2021. This course considers literature from 900 AD to today that takes place on or within the ocean, as well as how these texts are responding to transoceanic economic relationships. 

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

As I have learned from teaching over 22 courses, including honors courses, composition courses, and 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:

Aliens and Encounters with the Unknown (Summer 2021)

Briny Exchanges: Literature, Commerce, and the Sea (Spring 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 for students of Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business.

Writing and Food (Fall 2016 – Fall 2020) (6 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.