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|Ph.D.||English||University of California, Irvine|
|M.A.||Theology||Fuller Theological Seminary|
|B.A.||English||University of California, San Diego|
Michael and Stacey Koehn Endowed Fellowship in Critical Theory, UCI.
Donald and Dorothy Strauss Endowed Fellowship in English, UCI.
Regents' Fellowship, English, UCI.
Frederick and Bernice Bush Scholarship of Theology, Fuller.
I am the course lead for the following:
ENG233 - Survey of American Literature I
ENG313 - Multicultural Literature
ENG401 - Literary Theory and Criticism
ENG440 - Modern American Literature
COM340 - Rhetoric & Persuasion
COM405 - Rhetorical Criticism
COM530 - Rhetorical Criticism and Contemporary Culture (graduate-level)
American literature, religion, and philosophy.
History of rhetoric, literary criticism, and critical theory.
Pragmatism, phenomenology, pneumatology.
The Spirit and the Gift: Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James for a Postsecular Age. (In progress)
Chapter 1. Postsecular Pragmatism
Chapter 2. A Golden Impossibility: The Rhetoric of Dynamic Gifts in Emerson
Chapter 3. The Flow of Gifts: Religious Ethics After Derrida and Milbank
Chapter 4. A New Sphere of Power: The Hermeneutics of Dynamic Gifts in James
Chapter 5. The Direction of Gifts: Identity Politics After Rorty and Taylor
Review of Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes, by Joseph Urbas. Religion and Literature. (Forthcoming)
Review of Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, by Barry M. Andrews. Emerson Society Papers, vol. 29, no. 1, spring 2019.
"'A New Sphere of Power': Religious Experience and the Language of Dynamic Gifts in William James." William James Studies, vol.12, no. 2, fall 2016, pp. 52-79.
"Emerson's 'Self-Reliance' and American Literature." Colonial Era to the 19th Century in American Literature. Ed. Laura A. Leibman. Gale, 2016.
"The Study of World Religions in a Time of Crises: An Interview with Jack Miles." Books and Culture 22.3 (2016).
"Pragmatism and the Gift: Toward a Charismology of Dynamic Gifts in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Religion." Diss. University of California, Irvine, 2014. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2014.
"Discipline, Improvisation, and Style: the Language of Identity and Democracy in Ralph Waldo Ellison." MA thesis. University of California, Irvine, 2006.
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES:
"The Unappropriated Gift: Melville and the Measureless Measure of the Impersonal," presentation at Melville's Measures conference at the University of Paris, France (2019).
"Conditions of Grace: The Impossibility of the Gift in Herman Melville," presentation at the International Conference on Christianity and Literature at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA (2019).
"'The Gift, To Be True': A Non-Economic Theory of Gifts in Ralph Waldo Emerson," presentation at Transcendentalist Intersections conference at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2018).
"What Has Pragmatism To Do with Religion?" presentation at the American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA (2018).
"Shall We Flee or Plunder? A Parable (Loosely) about Augustine, Benedict, and Emerson," presentation at the Conference on Christianity and Literature at George Fox University, Portland, OR (2018).
"A Gospel of Power: Dynamic Gifts in Literary Pragmatism and Philosophical Hermeneutics," presentation at the Pacific and Ancient Modern Langauge Association at Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI (2017).
"Multiculturalism, Pragmatism, and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man," colloquium lecture at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (2016).
"Carpe Aeternitatem," convocation lecture for Enduring Questions and Ideas series at Concordia University, Irvine, CA (2016).
"On Gadamer's Truth and Method: Recovering Philosophical and Rhetorical Hermeneutics for Today," presentation at the Conference on Christianity and Literature at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA (2016).
"Christianity and American Pragmatism," colloquia lecture for the MA in English program at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (2015).
"The Rhetoric of Divine Grace and Dynamic Gifts in Emerson and James," presentation at Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices at the Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum, Syracuse, NY (2015).
“The Rhetoric of Gratitude in the Writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Sui Sin Far,” presentation at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric at the University of Bologna, Italy (2011).
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