About Me

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at Whittier College, a small liberal arts college at the eastern edge of Los Angeles county in California. I am also the Economics & Finance section editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.


I teach contemporary American literature and popular culture, creative writing, creative nonfiction and multi-ethnic literature. My research right now is focused on economic explanation since 2008 and the influence of behavioral economics on popular narrative. I work primarily on 20th and 21st century American literature and popular culture, while my scholarship also draws on economic anthropology and economic history, critical race studies and media studies. 


I am the co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Literature & Economics, due out in 2018. My work has appeared in Studies in American Fiction, is under review at Postmodern Culture, and I have published articles about economics and popular culture in n+1, Mother Jones, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Houston Chronicle, and the Echoes blog at Bloomberg.com, among others.


My short story “The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors Even” was honored in The Best American NonRequired Reading 2014 “Notable” list, and my personal essay for Trop.mag “Reading Katy Perry” was anthologized in the California Prose Directory 2014.


I received my BA in English from Yale University and my Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine in 2012, where I held both the Schaeffer Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction and the Dorothy and theDonald Strauss Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-2013.


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