I teach classes on American Popular Music, Creative Nonfiction, Law & Society, African American Literature, American Literature, Literature Matters, Ethics in Literature, and the Lawyer in Literature and Film.

My research has historically focused on critical race theory, African American literature and culture, hip-hop studies, and intellectual property law. Lately, I have been beginning to think more about American Popular Music, with the hope of producing some creative non-fiction about the role of music in everyday life. I have published articles in a wide range of journals, including African American ReviewAmerican Studies, and Contemporary Literature, and a number of edited collections. 

I have Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and a J.D. in law from the University of Kansas.

I am married with three kids and live in Springfield, Missouri. In my spare time, I like to run, hike, and take photographs.

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