ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
I teach contemporary American literature, Asian American literature, ChicanX literature, media studies, and creative writing.
I edit the Economics & Finance section of The Los Angeles Review of Books.
In a former life, I was a reporter, and before I got my doctorate, I got an MFA in creative writing. I have published fiction, nonfiction, essays, and articles in a wide variety of outlets.
American popular culture and behavioral science
(Working title, book project)
This project looks at the rise of behavioral economics as cultural common sense, as it has shifted the boundaries around what counts as economic storytelling. Each chapter addresses a specific political economic issue that has been displaced, obfuscated, or made invisible in public discourse by the behavioral mode. The financial crisis of 2008, in meaningful ways, never ended. But behavioral science, by promising a new approach, has made rising inequality and hyperexploitation harder to bring into focus. The popularization of behavioral science can itself be traced back to dark money and deviant globalization. My book looks at the narrative technologies that encourage us to look inward at the structure of the human brain, just at the moments when we need to look out at what's really happening in our economies.
ON JOAN DIDION
Malibu & French TV
I was on French and German television for a lovely program called Arte. They spoke with a few of the contributors to Rare Bird Press's Slouching Towards Los Angeles, a collection of essays about Joan Didion. They had me walking around Malibu and talking about Didion. So, this is me talking shop in Malibu Canyon.
You can try the French link here, but it's not easy to see outside of Europe.
If you can't see it, you can go listen to my friend Ben's excellent podcast about Malibu instead.