• Ph.D. English, University of Arizona, 2009
  • M.A. English, University of Utah, 2000
  • B.A. Humanities, Brigham Young University, 1998

Professional Experience

  • Professor, English Department, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, 2019–Present
    • Associate Professor, 2013-2019
    • Assistant Professor, 2009-2013
  • Graduate Associate Teacher, English Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2006–2008
  • Lecturer, English Department, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, 2003–2006 & 2008–2009

Academic Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Southern Utah University, 2018
  • Achievement in Experiential Learning Award, Southern Utah University, 2018
  • English Department Best Scholar Award, Southern Utah University, 2017
  • English Department Best Teacher Award, Southern Utah University, 2015
  • Outstanding Contributor to the Honors Program, Southern Utah University, 2014
  • Tanner Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Southern Utah University, 2012
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Utah University, 2010
  • Barry Briggs Teaching Award, University of Arizona, 2007
  • “The New American Zombie Gothic: Road Trips, Globalization, and the War on Terror.” Gothic Studies Special Issue: The Gothic in the Age of Terror(ism), vol. 17, no. 2, 2015, pp. 42-56.
  • “The Threat of the Gothic Patriarchy in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.” The Rocky Mountain Review, vol. 65, no. 2, 2011, pp. 135–147.
  • “Vacationing in Zombieland: The Classical Functions of the Modern Zombie Comedy.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 22, no. 1, 2011, pp. 24–38.
  • “The Idle Proletariat: Dawn of the Dead, Consumer Ideology, and the Loss of Productive Labor.” The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 43, no. 2, 2010, pp. 234–248.
  • “Dead Man Still Walking: Explaining the Zombie Renaissance.” Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 37, no. 1, 2009, pp. 16–25.
  • “Technophobia and the Cyborg Menace: Buffy Summers as Neo-Human Avatar.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 19, no. 3, 2008, pp. 349–362.
  • “The Sub-Subaltern Monster: Imperialist Hegemony and the Cinematic Voodoo Zombie.” The Journal of American Culture, vol. 31, no. 2, 2008, pp. 141–152.
  • “Artistic Schizophrenia: How Fight Club’s Message Is Subverted by Its Own Nature.” Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 29, no. 1, 2006, pp. 41–56.
  • “Raising the Dead: Unearthing the Non-Literary Origins of Zombie Cinema.” Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 33, no. 4, 2006, pp. 196–205.
  • “The Mediating Heart: Finding a Solution to Labor Conflicts in A Hazard of New Fortunes.” Journal of the Utah Academy, vol. 81, 2004, pp. 177–183.
Book Chapters
  • “The Frankenstein Complex on the Small Screen: Mary Shelley’s Motivic Novel as Adjacent Adaptation.” Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster’s Eternal Lives in Popular Culture, edited by Dennis Cutchins and Dennis R. Perry, Manchester UP, 2018, pp. 111-127.
  • “Teaching Zombies, Developing Students: Pedagogical Success in The Girl with All the Gifts.” The Written Dead: Essays on the Literary Zombie, edited by Kyle William Bishop and Angela Tenga, McFarland, 2017, pp. 167–182.
  • “Classrooms, Classrooms Everywhere, but Not to Slay or Think: The Domestic Learning Environments of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” With Melanie A. Jensen. At Home in the Whedonverse: Essays on Domestic Place, Space and Life, edited by Juliette Kitchens, McFarland, 2017, pp. 165–181.
  • “Meeting the Monstrous through Experiential Study-Abroad Pedagogy.” Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us, edited by Adam Golub and Heather Richardson Hayton, McFarland, 2017, pp. 129–142.
  • “Apocalyptic Psychotherapy: Emotion and Identity in AMC’s The Walking Dead.” Emotions in Contemporary TV Series, edited by Alberto N. Garcia, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 172–188.
  • “‘I always wanted to see how the other half lives’: The Contemporary Zombie as Seductive Proselyte.” The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture, edited by Laura Hubner, Marcus Leaning, and Paul Manning, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 26–38.
  • “L’émergence des Zombie Studies: comment les morts-vivants ont envahi le monde universitaire et pourquoi nous devrions nous en soucier.” Z pour Zombies, edited by Bernard Perron, Antonio Dominguez Leiva, and Samuel Archibald, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2015, pp. 31–44.
  • “What Happens Next?: Endgames of a Zombie Apocalypse.” With David Tufte and Mary Jo Tufte. Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science, edited by Glen Whitman and James Dow, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, pp. 51–63.
  • “Battling Monsters and Becoming Monstrous: Human Devolution in The Walking Dead.” Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader, edited by Marina Levina and Diem-My T. Bui, Bloomsbury, 2013, pp. 73–85.
  • “From the Earth to Poe to the Moon: The Science Fiction Narrative as Precursor to Technological Reality.” With Todd Robert Petersen. Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, edited by Dennis R. Perry and Carl H. Sederholm, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 165–177.
  • “The Pathos of The Walking Dead: Bringing Terror Back to Zombie Cinema.” Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen, edited by James Lowder. Smart Pop, Benbella Books, 2011, pp. 1–14.
  • “Assemblage Filmmaking: Approaching the Multi-Source Adaptation and Reexamining George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.” Adaptation Studies: New Beginnings, edited by Christa Albrecht-Crane and Dennis Cutchins, Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2010, pp. 263–277.