• Ph.D. – Loyola University Chicago (English, Critical Theory & Rhetoric, May 2004)
  • M.F.A. – Old Dominion University (English, Creative Writing, May 1997)
  • B.A. – University of North Texas (English, August 1994)


  • Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington (September 2011-present).
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington (September 2004-August 2011).



  • Contingency, Immanence, and the Subject of Rhetoric, Parlor Press Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition (2013).

Articles, Chapters, Other Projects (in print):

  • Ian Curtis.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, no. 23 (2021). Audio and Text.
  • “Home Bodies: Prosthetic People and Economies of Desire.” Lacanian Perspectives on Blade Runner 2049. Ed Calum Neill. Palgrave Macmillan (2021). Book chapter.
  • Aura and Time.” In “Where can we locate Walter Benjamin’s legacy in the digital to post-digital landscape?” Field Guide, a Mediacommons Project (April 3, 2019).
  • The Future of Fantasy: Part I.” In “Psychoanalysis, Dignity, and Life.” Field Guide, a Mediacommons Project (March 8, 2019).
  • The Future of Fantasy: Part II.” In “Psychoanalysis, Dignity, and Life.” Field Guide, a Mediacommons Project (March 8, 2019).
  • Polar.” Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric’s Change. Ed. Jenny Rice, Chelsea Graham, and Eric Detweiler. Intermezzo/Parlor Press (2018). Audio and Text.
  • “What are Humans For?” With Nathan Gale for Kenneth Burke + The Posthuman, edited by Chris Mays, Nathaniel A. Rivers, and Kellie Sharp-Hoskins. Penn State UP RSA Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric (2017).
  • The Authenticity of What’s Next.” Enculturation 17 (2014).
  • “The Looks of Men: Doubling and Nostalgia in Mad Men.”  Popular Culture Review 21.1 (2010): 21-31.
  • “Love is a Battlefield: Sacrifice, the Abject, and Better Parenting through Lying.”  Pre/Text 19.2 (2009): 97-120.
  • Bereshith.”  Kairos 12.3 (2008).
  • “The Demand of God: The Relation of Narrative to Fantasy in The Chronicle of Solomon bar Simson. ”  Chasing Esther: Jewish Expressions of Cultural Difference.  Ed. David Metzger and Peter Schulman. Santa Monica and Haifa: Kol Katan Press (an imprint of The University of Haifa P), 2005.  136-154.
  • “Writing (and Doing) Trauma Study.”  JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 24.2 (2004): 491-507.
  • “Brian Eno and the Music of the Spheres: The Possibility of a Postmodern Church.” Studies in Medievalism X: Medievalism and the Academy II.  London: Boydell and Brewer, 1999. 216-231.
  • “Reading, the Masculine: An Orientation of the Community of Readers.”  Literature and Psychology 44.1-2 (1998): 96-112.
  • “Truth as Disease: Psychosis and Knowing in The Prisoner and The X-Files.”  Co-written with Anthony Enns, Popular Culture Review 8.2 (1997): 35-42.
  • “Cherish Your Fantasy: Discourse, Meaning, and the Teaching Novel.”  Bien Dire: A Journal of Lacanian Orientation 2-3 (1995-96): 55-77.
  • “Divinity in Hindsight: A Structural Evaluation of the Myth of Culture and the Hebrew Origin Narratives.” Semiotics 1994: The Proceedings of the 19th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America.  20-23 October 1994.  New York: Peter Lang, 1995.  210-222.


  • “The Reason for Night.” Crosswinds Poetry 5 (May 2020): 123-124.
  • The Cardboard Hand.” Barely South Review Vol. 10.1 (Fall 2018).
  • Two poems: “The Dispensation,” “The Fat Man.” Archaeopteryx 1 (Fall 2012): 39-56
  • “Abraham.” American Literary Review 19.2 (Fall 2008): 96-97.
  • Two poems: “What Has Not Happened Here,” “How to be Naked in Public.”  Paris Review 155 (Summer 2000): 150-152.
  • Three poems: “The Luminous Boy,” “Oubliette,” “Freud Before the Fireplace.”  Paris Review 154 (Spring 2000): 145-149.
  • “The Visible Man.”  Western Humanities Review LII.4 (Winter 1998): 306.
  • “The Out-Breeders.”  The North American Review 283.6 (Nov.-Dec. 1998): 16.
  • “Comfort.” Impossible Object 1.2 (1997).
  • “Dealing with Peter Lorre.” American Literary Review 8.1 (Fall 1997): 33.

Academic Presentations (selected):

  • “What Will Have Been Cool: Notes on Hauntologic and Hypnogogic Music.” The Symposium on Sound, Rhetoric, and Writing, Detroit, MI. Moved online to Humanities Commons (asynchronous). New music and video of/for the presentation talk uploaded October 5, 2020.
  • “Against the Loss of Loss, or Music as Symptom.” LACK III: “Psychoanalysis & Separation,” Worcester, MA, May 2019.
  • “A Haunting Tune: Music, Nostalgia, & Ordinary Psychosis.” UT Arlington Center for Theory Colloquium, April 2019.
  • “Room Tone, or Virtual Ambience.” With Anthony Collamati (Alma College). The Symposium on Sound, Rhetoric, and Writing, Nashville and Murfreesburo, TN, September 2018. (360-Degree Audio and Video Installation).
  • “Fantasy, Capital, and the Future.” Workshop on Lacanian Work in Progress, Norfolk, VA, April 2018.
  • “What Will Have Been Sexy: Fantasy, Capital, and a Future to Enjoy.” LACK II: “Psychoanalysis and Politics NOW,” Colorado Springs, CO, October 2017.
  • “Toward a More Ethical Writing Assessment: Cultivating Risk, Range, and Reflection with the Learning Record.” Roundtable presentation and discussion with Ron Brooks (Oklahoma State University), Kendall Gerdes (Texas Tech University), Steven LeMieux (University of Texas at Austin), Sean McCarthy (James Madison University). Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Portland, OR, Mar 2017.
  • “The Future of Sin.” 17th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, GA, May 2016.
  • “Engines of Desire.” LACK I: “Psychoanalysis and Freedom,” Colorado Springs, CO, April 2016.
  • “The Old Sound of Now.” 16th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, TX, May 2014.
  • “Against and Old-fashioned Future; or The Authenticity of What’s Next.” 15th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012.
  • “Authenticity & Warren Ellis.” 24th Annual Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, March 2012.
  • “Home Bodies: Prosthetic People and the Economy of Desire.”  14th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010.
  • “The Looks of Men: The Gaze and Nostalgia in Mad Men.”  21st Annual Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, March 2009.
  • “Two Torahs:  Rabbinic Notions of Text & the Transmission of Knowledge.” 12th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Memphis, TN, May 2006.
  • “Close Reading” in “From Panel to Gallery: Twelve Digital Writings, One Installation.” Conference on College Composition & Communication Convention, Chicago, IL, March 2006.
  • “In the Company of Men: Cruelty and Law in the Films of Neil LaBute.” 18th Annual Far West Popular and American Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 2006.
  • “Neil LaBute and the Shape of Man.” A Symposium in Rhetoric: Rhetoric and Culture, Commerce, Texas, February 25, 2005.


Graduate (selected):

  • The Future of the City
  • Introduction to Sound Studies
  • Rhetoric of the Future
  • History of Rhetoric I: Classical/Antique
  • Love & Desire, in Theory
  • Psychoanalysis & Film
  • Theory and Practice of English Studies
  • Rhetoric & Authenticity
  • Foundations of Rhetoric & Composition

Undergraduate (selected):

  • Rhetoric & Writing with Sound
  • Speculation & Worldbuilding
  • Writing About Film
  • Rhetoric & Multimodal Authoring
  • Literary Criticism 1&2
  • Rhetoric of the Future
  • Advanced Expository Writing
  • Popular Culture in Contemporary Poetry
  • Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry