About Me

I am currently an assistant professor of applied English at Chihlee University of Technology (New Taipei City, Taiwan). I have also taught at the University of California in Davis and Santa Cruz.

I received my BA from the Evergreen State College in 2008 and my PhD from the University of California, Davis, in 2014.

My research and writing takes the perspective of cultural history. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how ways of thinking change over time in relation to living conditions (social, economic, political, technological, etc.). I draw particularly on the American intellectual tradition: the classical Pragmatists, Grace de Laguna, Morse Peckham, Julian Jaynes, Philip Rieff, Elijah Jordan, and so on.

My early research focused on music and literature in India (especially the state of Odisha). More recent writings cover topics such as the development of Jon Hassell’s musical aesthetic, Morse Peckham’s theory of Romanticism, the tension between “sage-writing” and standard academic discourse, Jordan B. Peterson’s place in Euroamerican cultural history, etc.