I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida. My research interests focus on the intersections of rhetoric (particularly neo and third sophistic sophistry), ethics (particularly Emmanuel Levinas), technologies, and (post)pedagogy. I teach graduate courses on classical and contemporary rhetoric and on new media technologies and undergraduate courses on rhetorical theory, composition, design, production and communication technologies, and video games.

My web identity stems from a passage from John Locke’s essay “Some Thoughts Concerning Education”:

Be sure not to let your son be bred up in the art and formality of disputing, either practicing it himself, or admiring it in others; unless, instead of an able man, you desire to have him an insignificant wrangler, opiniator in discourse, and priding himself in contradicting others; or which is worse, questioning everything, and thinking there is no such thing as truth to be sought, but only victory in disputing.

In an effort to distance myself from Locke’s notion of enlightenment, I celebrate mere wrangling, and relish my insignificance. Play the world away.

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