As an American Studies professor and scholar, I teach all periods of American literature. I'm especially interested in the relationship between people and place--how a given environment shapes and is shaped by individuals, groups, society--and how this relationship plays out in literature, painting, photography and other aspects of American culture. I've published two books so far on this subject: Nature Writing: The Pastoral Impulse in America (1996), and Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout's Life in the River of No Return Wilderness (2001), as well as over 70 articles, essays, & reviews.
My most recent writing project is a cycling memoir tentatively titled The Solitary Cyclist.
In the winter/spring of 2011 I taught 19th century American literature at several universities in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar--an incredibly enriching experience. When not teaching and writing, I am, depending on the season, hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in a nearby or far-off wilderness.
B.A., Political Science, Temple University; M.A., English, University of Idaho; Ph.D., American Studies, University of Iowa
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|ENG-101||Read:Lance Armstrong||12||2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA|
|FTS-100||FTS:On the Road||12||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA|
|ENG-121||American Literature I||9||2015/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA|
|ENG-122||American Literature II||8||2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2000/SP|
|ENG-128||American Pastoralism||8||2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP|
|ENG-228||American Pastoralism||6||2016/SP, 2014/SP, and 2012/SP|
|ENG-273||American Novel||5||2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, and 1999/FA|
|ENG-336||American Renaissance||4||2013/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2003/SP|
|ENG-256||Creative Nonfiction||4||2012/SP, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA|
|ENG-105||Appreciating Literature||4||2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA|
|ENV-108||Lure of the Desert||4||2007/JN, 2005/JN, 2002/JN, and 2001/JN|
|ENG-399||Senior Seminar||3||2008/SP, 2004/FA, and 2000/FA|
|GEG-350||American Environmental History||3||2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP|
|NDL-110||Road Movies||2||2010/JN and 2009/JN|
|ENG-126||Ethnic American Literature||2||2005/SP and 2001/SP|
|ENG-268||Career Exploration||2||2001/JN and 2000/JN|
|ENG-114||Art of Interpretation||1||2002/SP|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.