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Research

For the past decade my writing has focused primarily on teaching and learning in higher education, including my four most recent books: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard UP, 2013); On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008); and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005). I write a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education. I have also published arguments or reflections on various aspects of higher education, from cheating to the high cost of a college education, in a range of newspapers and magazines, including Time, The Boston Globe, and Notre Dame Magazine.

Recently I have been working on a new project to chronicle and analyze a small literary sub-tradition in which authors engage in what I call "playing at poverty" in order to better understand the lives of the poor. These authors all attempted to live under conditions of poverty, as a deliberate experiment, and then transformed that experience into published pieces of writing. First initiated in the middle of the nineteenth century in London, this small but fascinating collection of writers and texts includes canonical authors such as Jack London and George Orwell, socially-engaged Victorian journalists such as James Greenwood, and contemporary writers like Barbara Ehrenreich. What caused this tradition to emerge, and to wax and wane at different periods over the past 150 years? What can we learn from authors who take this complex and challenging approach to understanding poverty? And how might the act of playing at poverty distort their perspectives, or our understanding of poverty? Questions like these animate the research of the project.

Courses Taught

  • English Composition

    Undergraduate

    Assumption College

  • Introduction to Literature

    Undergraduate

    Assumption College

  • Modern British Novel

    Undergraduate

    Assumption College

  • 21st-Century British Literature and Culture

    Undergraduate

    Assumption College

  • British Literature Survey: 1800-Present

    Undergraduate

    Assumption College

  • Creative Nonfiction

    Undergraduate

    Assumption College