Since joining MLL in 2004, my teaching duties have included elementary and intermediate Spanish language courses, Latin American literature and civilization courses at all levels, first-year writing seminars on Latin American topics, and interdisciplinary LAS seminars with colleagues in MLL, History, and Philosophy. I greatly enjoy teaching on Furman’s campus, but I am at my best working closely with students and colleagues on our study away programs in Spain and South America. Study away was the most crucial part of my own undergraduate formation; it is a pleasure to facilitate the same kinds of experiences for MLL students.
I write on a variety of Latin American literary topics. Much of my published research has focused on the Hispanic Caribbean, and my work on this area has informed several upper-level offerings—most recently, a course on the Caribbean sugar plantation (SPN 450) and a first-year writing seminar on Gabriel García Máruqez’s seminal Cien años de soledad. In preparation for an upcoming course tentatively titled Introduction to US Latino/a Studies (SPN 460), I published an article and a book chapter on Cuban-American author Oscar Hijuelos. Current essays examine recent novels by Chilean fiction writer and film director Alberto Fuguet, García Márquez’s La mala hora, and a companion piece to an earlier publication on García Márquez’s Del amor y otros demonios. I have recently taken to the fiction of Alejandro Zambra (Chile) and Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), and I hope to incorporate their work into scholarly projects in the not-so-distant future.
A past president of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, which has held its meeting at Furman at various times throughout the organization’s 60-plus-year history, I became the editor of the MIFLC Review, a peer-reviewed venue for MIFLC members, in 2015.
I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Furman in 2000. I completed my graduate work in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, earning M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in Latin American literature. My doctoral research focused on the confluence of literary and social scientific interpretations of race in the Cuban Republic (1902-1959).
My wife, Anna, an epidemiologist by training, is a faculty member in Furman’s Health Sciences Department. We have three children—Addy, Charlie, and Oliver.