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ABOUT ME

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Whittier College

I teach contemporary American literature, Asian American literature, ChicanX literature, media studies, and creative writing.

I'm also the Associate Director of Whittier Scholars, the program where students design individualized courses of study. 

I edit the Economics & Finance section of The Los Angeles Review of Books.

In a former life, I was a reporter. 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.

Once, I sold everything I owned and moved to Rio de Janeiro to train capoeira for a year. 

BEHAVE!

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 program called Arte. They spoke with a few of the contributors to a collection of essays about Joan Didion. You can try the  French link here, but it's not easy to see outside of Europe. I wrote about Didion's conflicted relationship to land in California in an essay called Where I Am From  -- a version of California haunted by Didion, for better and for worse. 

Slouching Towards Los Angeles: Living and writing in Joan Didion's light. Rare Bird Press 2020 + LitHub.com