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I teach in both the English Department and the Environmental Studies Program. My current research focuses on ecophenomenology and literature, animality, and embodiment in language.  A related activity is herding sheep with Australian Kelpies, a good way to learn and develop cross-species communication.  Recent conference presentations have been

  • "The Human/Animality Dance of Sheep Herding," which draws upon Vicki Hearne's and Donna Haraway's work but extends their considerations with the phenomenological attention to language of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
  • "Stranded on the Ark: Yann Martel's Life of Pi."
  • "Merleau-Ponty's Human-Animality Intertwining""