Experience and Interests
Before becoming an instructor at Cypress College, I taught composition and literature courses at UCLA and onboard NAVY ships for the military's PACE program. As a graduate student at Brown University and UCLA, I specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature with an emphasis in psychological criticism. My favorite author is Jane Austen (1775-1817) who is most well known for her novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.
I began teaching at Cypress College in 2000. I currently teach English 60, 100, 104, 211, and 212. My composition courses (English 60 and 100) offer a popular culture emphasis; we analyze film, television, popular music, sports, etc. In English 104, we consider representations of madness and monstrosity in literature and film. And in the British literature survey courses (211 and 212) we cover the classics from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
I am married and I live in Temecula, CA. We have one daughter (Miranda), who was born in 2005, and she keeps me busy. In my limited spare time, I enjoy reading and writing, and I travel whenever I have the opportunity.