- B.A., The Ohio State University
- M.A., The Ohio State University
- Ph.D., The Ohio State University
- C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
- Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
- International Conference on Romanticism
- International Gothic Association
Areas of Expertise
- Gothic Literature
- Science Fiction
- Technical and Professional Writing
- Romantic Literature
- Gothic Literature
- Science Fiction
- Fantasy Literature
- Civilization and Literature
- Technical Writing
- Technical and Professional Print Production
- Foundations of Academic Discourse
- “Escape, Grace, and the Logic of Belief: The Enduring Relevance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” A solicited public lecture as a visiting professor to the Independent Reformed Theological Academy, Seoul, South Korea, July 2017.
- “The Shattered Visage of Socialism in Dystopian Science Fiction: Materialistic Dehumanization in Brave New World and A Clockwork Orange.” Center for Vision and Values Conference, Grove City College, Grove City, PA, April 2017.
- “Loving the Exiled Vampire: The Limits of Eros and the Liberating Power of Virginal Masculine Agape in Angela Carter’s “The Lady in the House of Love.” Conference on Christianity and Literature, East Region, Grove City College, Grove City, PA, March 2017.
- “Myth and Metafiction in George MacDonald’s Phantastes: Mythopoeic Reading as Spiritual Sanctification.” Annual Conference of the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR, March 2016.
- “The Centrality of the Tom Bombadil Episode in The Fellowship of the Ring: Lessons in Friendship, Community, and Grace.” Annual Conference of the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society, Grove City, PA, March 2015.
- “Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy: The Relationship between Coleridge’s Cognitive Theory and George MacDonald’s Redemptive Imagination.” International Conference on Romanticism, Rochester, MI, September 2013.
- “Using Safari Live Web-conferencing Technology in Technical Writing Courses: Can Nonhuman Software Rehumanize Online Learning Spaces?” Society for Literature, Sciences, and the Arts Conference, Milwaukee, WI, September 2012.
- “Engaging Popular Culture through Biblical Theology: A Theocentric Reading of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” A solicited lecture as a visiting professor to the Independent Reformed Theological Academy, Seoul, South Korea, July 2012.
- “Representations of Science in Gothic Literature.” A solicited lecture as a visiting professor to Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, China. May 2008.
- “Exploring Transhumanism: Rediscovering the Human in Cyberpunk Science Fiction.” A solicited lecture as visiting professor to Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, China. March 2008.
- “Decoding Transhumanism: Human Revaluation in Neuromancer and The Diamond Age.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Portland, Maine. November 2007.
- “Fantasy and the Mythopoeic Voice of Reason: Exploring the Ethics of Elfland in a Secular Technical University.” National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. June 2006.
- “John Keats and the Materialist’s Metaphysical Struggle with Suffering.” International Conference on Romanticism, Colorado Springs, Colorado. October 2005.
- “Van Helsing and the Ironic Struggle for Knowledge in Dracula: Defying Scientific Naturalism to Preserve Victorian Positivism.” International Gothic Association Conference, Montreal, Canada. August 2005.
- “Jacking Out and Engaging the WetNet: Rebirthing the Human in Posthuman Cyberpunk Literature.” Central New York Conference on Language and Literature, Cortland, New York. October 2004.
- “Metaphysical Intersections in Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Theistic Investigation of Scientific Materialism.” International Conference on Romanticism, Laredo, Texas. October 2004.
- “The Apparent Irrelevancy of Literary Studies: Can Theocentric Criticism and Practice Provide Solutions?” National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. June 2004.
- “When Adam Creates: Rebellion and Transgressive Autonomy in Frankenstein.” International Gothic Association Conference, Liverpool, UK. July 2003.
- “Cults of Redemption in Gothic SF: The Postmodern Messiahs of Blade Runner and The Matrix.” International Gothic Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia. June 2001.
- “Coleridge as Revolutionary, Gothic Threat, and Early Victorian Heirloom: Cultural Transformations of a Poet in His Lifetime.” Group for Early Modern Studies National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. November 2000.
- “Coleridge’s Conversational Tapestry: Revaluing the Physical Structure of Biographia Literaria.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism National Conference, Tempe, Arizona. September 2000.
- E-mails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity. Wipf and Stock, 2011.
- Writing That Makes Sense: Critical Thinking in College Composition. Resource Publications/Wipf and Stock, 2009.
Academic Articles & Book Chapters
- “‘Swimming Against the Stream’: Rush’s Romantic Critique of Their Modern Age.” A book chapter in Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2, edited by Dr. James Rovira, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
- “The Way of the Fantasist: Ethical Complexities in the Taoist Mythopoeic Fantasy of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea.” A book chapter in Teens and the New Religious Landscape: Essays on Contemporary Young Adult Fiction, edited by Dr. Jacob Stratman, McFarland & Company, 2018.
- “Metaphysical Intersections in Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Theistic Investigation of Scientific Materialism and Transgressive Autonomy.” Christianity and Literature 60.4 (2011): 531-59.
- “Controlling Women’s Voices in The Handmaid’s Tale.” Social Issues in Literature: Women’s Issues in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid Tale. Ed. David E. Nelson. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 98-112.
- “Textual Surveillance, Social Codes, and Sublime Voices: The Tyranny of Narrative in Caleb Williams and Wieland.” Romanticism on the Net 38-39 (May-August 2005).
- “The Apparent Irrelevance of Literary Studies: Can Theocentric Criticism and Practice Provide Solutions?” Integrite: A Faith and Learning Journal 4.1 (2005): 42-53.
- “Coleridge as Victorian Heirloom: Nostalgic Rhetoric in the Early Victorian Reviews of Poetical Works.” Studies in Romanticism 37 (Spring 1998): 63-75.
- “Eclipsed by the Pleasure Dome: Poetic Failure in Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan.’“ Romanticism on the Net 5 (February 1997).
- A Solicited Review of “Richard Woodhouse’s Cause Book: The Opium-Eater, the Magazine Wars, and the London Literary Scene in 1821.” By Robert Morrison. Harvard Library Bulletin 9.3 (1998). Romanticism on the Net 21 (February 2001).
- A Solicited Review of Bacchus in Romantic England: Writers and Drink, 1780-1830. By Anya Taylor. Studies in Romanticism 39.4 (Winter 2000): 651-55.
- A Solicited Review of Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Romantic Autobiography: Reading Strategies of Self-Representation. By Sheila M. Kerns. Prose Studies 21 (April 1998): 129-32.
- “The Enduring Cautionary Relevance of Frankenstein.” Crisis Magazine, January 1, 2018.
- “The Ironies of War and Armistice: Reflections from the Demilitarized Zone.” Center for Vision and Values, July 13, 2017.
- Professor of English and Writing Program Director, Grove City College, 2014-present
- Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, 1996-2014
- Writing Coordinator, NYiT, 1996-2014
- Electric guitar
You might be surprised to know
I hold multiple black belt ranks in different karate styles and have training relationships with a dojo in Okinawa, Japan. I also teach karate and self-defense to adults at the Grove City YMCA. I have done ministry work in China, serving orphans in Kunming and volunteer teaching at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in Yanji.