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New English Major for Holy Cross College

After a few months of work on the part of myself, Tyler Gardner, Dan Murphy, and Br. George Klawaitter, the proposal for the new English major at Holy Cross College is finally complete and off to committee! The new major offers four tracks, a traditional English...

A New Start: Holy Cross College

On July 1, I officially started my new position as Assistant Professor at Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN). Holy Cross is a small college and, like many similar colleges, has an English Department that is very small. In fact, I’m the only full-time professor,...

Snapshots from the Wheaton College classroom

During the 2016-2017 academic year, I had the privilege of being a visiting assistant professor at Wheaton College. The Wheaton English department has been home to some of the finest Christian scholars of literature. Men I’ve long respected for their work, like Clyde...

Now Available! VIJ 43 and My Article on Adam Bede

The Victorians Institute Journal, Volume 43 has just been released, along with my article on George Eliot’s re-historicizing of Jesus in Adam Bede, titled:  “Not an Average Man”: Jesus and the Commonplace Heroic of Adam Bede. [gallery type="columns" link="none"...

A New Role — Visiting Assistant Professor of English

It is with great excitement that I will be taking a position at Wheaton College in the Fall as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, where I'll be teaching First Year Writing and a literature course entitled "The Art of Marriage, Madness, and Murder."  Wheaton is...

Graduate School Commencement from The University of Notre Dame

On Saturday 14 May, some of my close friends and I chose to "walk" in recognition of our graduation from the University of Notre Dame. While the day was cold (all the better for wearing those academic robes), it was a lovely opportunity to celebrate each of our...

Student Reflection on The Catholic Novel Class

In Fall 2015, I had the opportunity to co-teach a directed reading course for the Theology Department on the Catholic Novel with Dr. Tim O'Malley. While interdisciplinary co-teaching is often avoided because it can drain faculty resources, such classes have the...

VIDEO | How can Adam Bede be Jesus? He’s such a prig…

For some people, thinking of Adam Bede as Jesus presents problems because Adam isn't always nice. In this video I look at George Eliot's Adam Bede, discussing the advantages of thinking about Adam as a version of Jesus. While Adam is often...

VIDEO | My Dissertation in 3 Minutes

In this video I give an overview of my dissertation, The Quest for a Novelistic Jesus: Literary Relationships with Jesus in Victorian Realism. I explain how the stories embedded in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century theology lead to...

Dissertation Defended!

On August 25th I successfully defended my dissertation, "The Quest for a Novelistic Jesus: Literary Relationships with Jesus in Victorian Realism." My defense, which was well attended by members of the department and university, fostered lively discussions about...

In Print — “Perplext in Faith” Is Now Available!

It is an honor to be included in the fabulous collection of essays that Alisa Clapp-Itnyre and Julie Melnyk have put together in “Perplext in Faith”: Essays on Victorian Beliefs and Doubts. The book grew out of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association's 2013...

Dynamic & Efficient Student Learning with iBook Course Reader for iPad

The digital humanities, technology in the classroom, ebooks — words that strike fear in many a literary traditionalist, at times myself included! But new technologies are rapidly changing the way we read and learn about literature. As teachers, finding ways to use...

An Uncomfortable Jesus | Midwest Victorian Studies Conference

This next week I will be presenting a paper on Dickens’s The Life of Our Lord at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association’s annual conference. The end goal of research is, ultimately, sharing what you’ve learned with others, be that through publication, a conference...