Associate Professor, Department of English
Program Coordinator, Cinema Studies
Secretary of the Faculty Senate, CCSU
Ph.D. English Language and Literature, Cornell University. January 1999
M.A. English Language and Literature, Cornell University. January 1996
M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry), Cornell University. August 1992
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Anthropology, Cornell University. May 1985
Central Connecticut State University, Assistant and Associate Professor
Simmons College, Assistant Professor
Fall 2004–Spring 2006
Bowdoin College, Visiting Assistant Professor
Fall 2003-Spring 2004
Amherst College, Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor
Fall 1999–Spring 2003
Ithaca College, Visiting Assistant Professor
Spring 1998 and 1999
Cornell University, Lecturer and Instructor
PUBLISHED ARTICLES and EDITED VOLUMES
“On Cultural Amnesia and Historical Erasure: Raoul Peck’s Lumumba and Lumumba: La mort du prophète”; African Studies Review 54:1(Spring 2011)
Burlin Barr and John Drabinski (editors and contributors), Godard and Philosophy, a special issue of The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 18:2 (Fall 2010).
"Shot and Counter-shot: Presence, Obscurity, and the Breakdown of Discourse in Godard's Notre Musique"; The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 18:2 (Fall 2010).
“Dependency, Appetite, and Iconographies of Hunger in Mambéty's Hyenas”; Social Text #103 (Summer 2010)
“No Parking between Signs: On Sadie Benning’s Flat is Beautiful and early works”; Jump Cut 51 (2009)
“No Parking between Signs: On Sadie Benning’s Flat is Beautiful,” in Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World, eds. Katherine Hermes and Karen Ritzenhoff (Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridege, UK, 2009).
“’Wandering with Precision’: Aesthetic Contamination and the Mise-en-scene of Desire in Chris Marker’s Sans soleil”; Screen 45:3 (2004)
“Too Close, Too Far: Cultural Composition in Straub and Huillet’s Too Early, Too Late (1981)”; Camera Obscura #53 (2003)
On Cultural Amnesia and Historical Erasure: Raoul Peck’s Lumumba and
Lumumba: La mort du prophète, 11th Annual Faculty Research
Conference, ECSU, March 29, 2008.
"Ambivalent Modernities in Mambety's Hyenas and Touki Bouki," Translating
across Cultures: 33rd Annual Conference on Film and Literature. Florida
State University January 31-February 3, 2008.
“The Politics of the Ordinary in Sembéne’s Faat Kine and Moolaadé,” Feminism(s):
Film, Video, Politics, University of Hartford, Spring 2007.
“No Parking between Signs: On Sadie Benning’s Flat is Beautiful,” The Language of
Images: an International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Text and
Image, Central Connecticut State University, Spring 2007.
“Timeless Animals: On Marker’s La Jetée,” 2005 Literature and Film Association
Conference, Dickinson College, Fall 2005.
“Greed, Appetite, and Sexual Consumption in Two Films by Mambéty,” Screen Media
and Sexual Politics Conference, Plymouth State University, Fall 2004.
“Mobile Public Spheres in Marker’s Le Fond De L’Air Est Rouge,” Society for Cinema
and Media Studies, Atlanta, Spring, 2004
Moderator/Discussant, Law’s Moving Image, Amherst College, Spring 2003
“There is no Master Shot: Maya Deren’s Meshes of an Afternoon and the Destruction
of Domestic Space, ” Poetics of Space, Binghamton University, Spring 2000.
“‘Wandering with Precision’: Cultural Anti-destinations and Alienated Desire
in Chris Marker’s Sans soleil,” 25th Annual Conference on Literature and Film,
Florida State University, Spring 2000.
“Embalmed in Film: Derek Jarman and the Returns of Caravaggio,” Group for
Early Modern Cultural Studies, Rochester, Fall 1995
Pedagogy and African cinema. “Africa in Film/Film in Africa,” a conference sponsored by
Five Colleges, Inc., April 1 &2, 2006, at Amherst College.
Program Coordinator, CCSU Cinema Studies, Fall 2006-Present
Secretary of the CCSU Faculty Senate, Fall 2010-present
Book Manuscript Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan
External Tenure Review, Simon Fraser University
African Studies Review
Image and Narrative
Studies in Law, Politics, and Society
CCSU Faculty Senate elections committee (2009-10)
CCSU FYE Training (summer 2009)
Curriculum Committee member, Department of English CCSU (Fall 2008-present)
Assessment Committee member, Department of English CCSU (Fall 2007-Spring 2009)
Organizer (with Karen Ritzenhoff and Doris Honig Guenter) of Women and Film
Festival, CCSU (Fall 2008)
Portfolio Evaluator, Charter Oak State College (Spring 07-present)
Advisory Board, Women and Film Festival, CCSU (Fall 2006)
Co-chair, Dean’s Advisory Committee on Film and Video Arts at Amherst College, 2002
Amherst College representative to the Five-College Film Council, 2002
Jury Member, Five College Student Film Festival, Spring 2000
Course Leader, Writing about Film, Cornell University, Fall 1998
Poetry Editor, Epoch, 1993–1999
Assessment Consultant, Writing Workshop, Cornell University, 1993–1996
Student Representative, English Department Graduate Policy and Curriculum Committee, Spring and Fall 1997
Peer Collaboration Program for Teachers of Undergraduate Writing, Fall 1996
Writing 700, “Teaching Writing,” Cornell University, Summer 1991
Teaching Internship, Cornell University, Summer 1991
“Tremendous Mood Swings,” Best American Poetry 1994
“Tremendous Mood Swings,” Grand Street (46)
“Cul de Sac,” Grand Street (42)
“Seven Thursdays,” Northwest Review (29:3)
“Lake,” Northwest Review (29:3)
“Rhythmic Entrapment,” Northwest Review (27:3)
AWARDS and GRANTS
AAUP University Research Grant, 2011-12
AAUP University Research Grant, 2010-11
Martin Sampson Teaching Award 1997, Cornell University
Mellon Graduate Completion Fellowship, 1996–97
Mellon Graduate Fellowship, 1995
Corson-Bishop Poetry Prize, 1992
Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Prize, 1991
Grants from the Cornell Council for the Creative and Performing Arts, 1991 and 1988