I teach across a range of disciplines. Modules I have created and / or contribute to include "American Poetry After Modernism," a first-year visual culture module "The Look of America," a single-author module on the New York School poet John Ashbery, "American Literature to 1890", and "American Literature Since 1890".

My teaching is research-driven, and celebrates reading poetry in dialogue with other genres - film, theater, music, and visual art especially. I particularly welcome research proposals from prospective PhD and MPhil students working in any of the following areas:

  • the New American Poetry
  • the New American Cinema
  • the New York School (poetry, cinema, painting, dance)
  • contemporary poetry of England and North America
  • the Beat Generation (poetry, the novel, cinema, music)
  • Downtown culture of New York City (e.g., CBGB, La Mama, the Loft, the Poetry Project)
  • 20th and 21st-century North American and European avant-garde culture
  • North American punk rock (music and literature)

Doctoral and MPhil projects I have supervised include:

  • Diarmuid Hester, “Passionate Creation, Passionate Destruction: Art and Anarchy in the Work of Dennis Cooper,”
  • Luke Walker, “William Blake in the 1960s: Counterculture and Radical Reception”
  • Freyja Madsen, "Never Stationary: Examining the Influence of Creative Destruction in the work of Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder"
  • Alex Howard, “The life and times of Charles Henri Ford, Blues, and the belated renovation of modernism"
  • David Hull, "Modernism and state power in the pre-war poetry and prose of Ezra Pound, 1911–1914"
  • Jian Farmouhand, "Charles Bukowski and Cinematic Influences"