University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD

I received an M.A. and Ph.D. (December 2013) in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. s.c.l. in English and secondary education: English from the University of Scranton. My research pursues queries about queer, minor and collectivist performances at the intersection of literary, social and cultural theory; my recent work analyzes verbal figurations of imagined communities, and critiques the social production of adherences and identifications. My fields include 20th century British, Irish and South Asian Anglophone literatures, modernism, critical, postcolonial and cultural theory, literature and environment, literature and mind, and critical university studies.

I teach courses in the Department of English in modernism, 20th-century British and Irish studies, genres, literary/critical and cultural theory, and periodic or thematic surveys of Anglophone literatures. I have longstanding interests in constructivist learning methods, research-supported best practices and effective instructional technologies. My teaching is built on a commitment to educational equity that provides a diverse body of university students with a climate of high expectation and useful scaffolding, asking students to take creativity-enhancing intellectual risks in response to challenging assignments.

I welcome proposals for graduate disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects within my competencies. I am also an adviser for the undergraduate Honours Program, and available to supervise Honours theses in my areas of interest.

Selected Publications

Articles

  • “Problems with Theory of Mind in Victory,” Conradiana 46.1-2, forthcoming.
  • “‘An Infected Carrier of the Past’: Modernist Nature as the Ground of Anti-Realism,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 20.4 (Autumn 2013), 778-794.
  • “Conrad’s Agile Crowds,” The Conradian 38.1 (Spring 2013), 1-21.
  • “Trifling Farce or Lyric Drama? The Clue Tendered by Algy’s Romantic Blunder in The Importance of Being Earnest,” The Wildean 39 (July 2011), 116-20.
  • “Grammar by Ear: Teaching Grammar Skills by Immersion and Imitation,” coauthored with Dr. Toni Glover, Louisiana English Journal 9 (2005), 35-48.

Reviews, entries and invited conference reports

  • “Review of Robert Hampson’s Conrad’s Secrets,” Conradiana 46.1-2forthcoming.
  • “Adaptive Anxieties: Strategic Confrontations in Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce. Eds. Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin. Cork: Cork
    University Press, 2014).” Journal of Ecocriticism, forthcoming.
  • “’Patternmind’ and ‘paradigmatic ear’: Review of Joyce a long the Krommerun, XXIV International James Joyce Symposium, Utrecht University, 15-20 June, 2014,” James Joyce Literary Supplement, 28.2.
  • “Franz Rosenzweig,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, forthcoming in 2015.
  • “‘A beautiful pure sweet mellow English tenor’: ‘Joyce and England’ at the 18th Irregular Miami J’yce Birthday Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2013,” The James Joyce Quarterly, 49.1 (Fall, 2013), 18-21.

SSHRC IDG-funded project, 2015-2017
Project Title: Modernism’s Agile Crowds

This project is concerned with ways in which modernist crowds may deploy polymorphic and expansive identities and the energies of their enthusiasms to create a new repertoire of languages, gestures, and responses to interpellation. http://blogs.ubc.ca/jpaltin/projects-and-affiliations/

I am affiliated with Green College, a graduate residential college at UBC, as a member of the first cohort of the new Leading Scholars Program.

Other professional memberships: MLA, International James Joyce Foundation, Modernist Studies Association, British Association of Modernist Studies, Joseph Conrad Societies of NA and of UK, North American Victorian Studies Assn., Popular Culture Assn., Assn. for the Study of Literature and Environment