I am a relatively unpublished academic who teaches English at a community college near New York City. Most of my academic work is teaching freshman composition I and II and marking essays for over 100 students per semester. I’ve been doing this for 20+ years now and no longer have a research agenda as such; I’m simply thankful to have full-time employment in the failing higher education industry. I hold a Ph.D. in American literature from the CUNY Graduate Center. My dissertation was about American nature poetry and I still have an interest in environmental writing. My love of science fiction literature predates my Ph.D. I was an early social media user and have an interest in fandom studies (as well as a personal investment in Freddie Mercury fandom).
I’m currently interested in Open Pedagogy and Open Educational Resources, especially in leveraging OER for literature courses at the community college level.
I am also a longtime genealogy hobbyist/family historian; I focus on my obscure working-class ancestors and their social histories.
I strive to respect copyright. If you find something in this blog that violates your copyright, please let me know and I will remove the violating material.
I strive to respect privacy. I do not post genealogical information about living people; my boundary is grandparents and previous generations. If you feel I have compromised your privacy, please let me know and I will remove the compromising material.
This is a personal blog. Opinions herein are my own and not my employer’s. I welcome comments on most posts, but will remove comments I find offensive.