In spring 2014, I finished my PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. For 2014-2016, I am a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of English and Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. For 2016-2017, I will be a Fulbright Early Career Scholar at the Federal University of Bahia. I have recently completed my first book manuscript, Unbearable Identities: The Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki. I was previously in the Critical Studies section of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, and a Sauve Scholar at McGill University. My published articles can be viewed here.
My academic and creative work is concerned with the inexhaustibility of language and its forms of expression. In my essays and criticism, I write across disciplines including anthropology, art history, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. I also take insights from these studies for my fictional writing – an in-development series of novels, experimental fictions, and screenplays. Finally, with Danny Snelson and Mashinka Firunts as the collective Research Service, I work to combine academic scholarship with creative writing and performance.
My writings focus primarily on what it means to be at once a private individual and a global subject, and how this dual demand has shaped modernity. This work is imbued with what I’ve been calling radical and critical pluralism, which is to a say, a pluralism dedicated to exploring and protecting the multiplicities inherent within individuals and cultures, but that refuses to embrace just any existing reality and thus remains critical.
I am increasingly concerned with the loss of institutional outlets that can provide both intellectual and material sustenance for thinkers and cultural producers, especially after the shrinking of the public university. I have initiated several small-scale public intellectual initiatives, and am working to develop sustainable models to support critical work beyond traditional enclaves.