Bio

I’m Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo, where I teach courses in Victorian Literature, Humanities, and Digital Humanities. From 2010 to 2016, I served as English department chair.

I’m also the director of Digital Thoreau, a project dedicated to helping readers approach the works of American author Henry David Thoreau the same way he tried to approach his life: deliberately. At Digital Thoreau, you can read a fluid-text edition of Walden that enables you to follow Thoreau’s revisions to the work across seven manuscript versions; join a community of readers in a social network for annotating Thoreau’s works collaboratively, and learn about the life and work of Thoreau scholar and SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Professor of English Walter Harding.

I’ve taught my Geneseo courses on public-facing websites, eschewing gated learning management systems, since 1999, the same year my colleague Celia Easton and I created a a simple online writing guide for SUNY Geneseo students that’s still live today.

I created English @ SUNY Geneseo to encourage my colleagues to take a similar approach. It’s a learning and shared-interest network built with Commons In a Box, a free plugin for the open-source blogging platform WordPress created and maintained by City University of New York and CUNY Graduate Center.