Assistant Professor of Teaching, Duquesne University, 2018-Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Duquesne University, 2014-2018
Temporary Faculty, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014
Graduate Teaching Assistant, West Virginia University, 2005-2013
PhD, English Literature, West Virginia University, 2007-2013
MA, English Literature, West Virginia University, 2005-2007
BA, English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2001-2005
The Modernist Sublime: Parenthood and the Intersubjective Sublime Subject in Faulkner, Forster, Lawrence, and Woolf
Committee: Lisa Weihman (Director), Ryan Claycomb, Gwen Bergner, Adam Komisaruk, Lisa Rado (defended 2013)
Gender and the Intersubjective Sublime in Faulkner, Forster, Lawrence, and Woolf, Routledge, 2017.
See Research Page
“Aren’t We Guilty Too?: The Censorship of D.H. Lawrence in the Ivory Tower.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. 26 (2014). Web.
Link to article: http://www.rhizomes.net/issue26/speese.html
“‘Our feelings become impressed with the grandeur of Omnipotence’: Mary Somerville’s Feminine Scientific Sublime.” Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism. 35.2 (2013): 171-188. Print.
“Raping Prejudice: Mary Hays’s The Victim of Prejudice, Gender, and Rape.” Work of Romanticism: Proceedings from the 2008 International Conference on Romanticism. Ed. Christopher R. Clason. Lewiston: Mellen P, 2011. Print.
“A Flip of the Coin: Gender Systems and Female Resistance in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men.” No Country for Old Men: From Novel to Film. Ed. Lynnea Chapman King, Rich Wallach, and Jim Welsh. Lanham: Scarecrow P, 2009. Print.
With Kristin Smith. “Welcome to Stars Hollow: Gilmore Girls, Utopia, and the Hyperreal.” Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity: Essays on Family and Feminism in the Television Series. Ed. Ritch Kalvin. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008. Print.
Book Project (In Progress, Under Contract at Northwestern University Press)
Writing the Body Invisible: Feminism, Fashion, Embodiment, and Public Intellectuals
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Book Project (In Progress)
Chemical Feminism: Women’s Rhetoric in Scientific Writing
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“‘I still wrap my hijab’: Mona Haydar, Hip-Hop, and the Politicizing of Gender and Islam.” Panel: Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans in Trump’s USA: Politics and Performance. Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago, IL. Forthcoming 2019.
“‘Proper Books’ Not Women’s Books: Americanah, Race, and an Aesthetics of Female Things.” Panel: West African Women’s Writing. Northeastern Modern Language Association Convention. Pittsburgh, PA. 14 April 2018.
“Fashioning Things in Feminism: From Woolf to Beauvoir.” Panel: Women and the “Stuff” of Life. The 46th Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY. 24 February 2018.
“Bad Feminist/Bad Queer: Roxane Gay, Embodiment, and the Feminist Queer Public Intellectual.” Panel: Queer in the Public Sphere: Homophobia in Public Discourse. Northeastern Modern Language Association Convention. Baltimore, MD. 24 March 2017.
“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Celebrity: Women, Race, and the Public Intellectual.” Panel: 20th/21st Century Women Writers as Public Intellectuals. Modern Language Association Convention. Austin, TX. 8 January 2016.
“Knee Deep in Sewage: Alice Hamilton, Feminism, Immigration, and Public Health.” Panel: Revolutionary Women and Social Reform: 1880-1920. Modernist Studies Association Conference. Boston, MA. 20 November 2015. (Panel Organizer)
“Transcending Hymens: Rupture, Childbirth, and the Sublime in H.D. and Mina Loy.” H.D. and Feminist Poetics Conference. Bethlehem, PA. 19 September 2015.
“The Whipping Girl: Ursula and ‘Corporeal’ Punishment in D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow.” Panel: The Rainbow and War. Modern Language Association Convention. Vancouver, BC. 9 January 2015.
“Domesticating Science: Ida Freund and the Chemistry of Feminism.” Panel: Rebel Modernism. Modernist Studies Association Conference 16: Confluence and Division. Pittsburg, PA. 7 November 2014.
“Mater Sacer: Addie as Sublime Object in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.” Panel: Modernist Aesthetics and the Spectacle of Violence. Modernist Studies Association Conference 14: Modernism and Spectacle. Las Vegas, NV. 19 October 2012.
“Aren’t We Guilty Too?: The Censorship of D.H. Lawrence in the Ivory Tower.” Panel: 50 Years after the Lady Chatterley Trial: Lawrence and Censorship/Pornography/Obscenity. 2012 Modern Language Association Convention. Seattle, WA. 7 January 2012.
“‘But he dared not know her’: Intersubjective Sublime Parenting in D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow.” Panel: Parenthood in American, British, and Australian Modernism. Modernist Studies Association Conference 13. Buffalo, NY. 8 October 2011. (Panel Organizer)
“‘Our feelings become impressed with the grandeur of Omnipotence’: Mary Somerville’s Feminine Scientific Sublime.” Curiosities: The 19th Annual British Women Writers Conference. Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 31 March 2011.
“‘Hecho en Mexico’: (Re)production, Motherhood, and Environmental Justice in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange.” 24th Annual MELUS Conference. University of Scranton. Scranton, PA. 8 April 2010-11 April 2010.
“Raping Prejudice: Mary Hays’s The Victim of Prejudice, Gender, and Rape.” 2008 International Conference on Romanticism. Oakland University. Rochester, MI. 15 Oct 2008-10 Oct 2008.
Teaching Experience (teaching portfolio available upon request)
British and American Modernist, Twentieth, and Twenty-First Century Literature; Long Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature; Aesthetics; Gender/Queer Studies; Transatlantic Studies; Science and Literature; Popular Culture; Film Studies; Composition and Rhetoric
Duquesne University, Department of English and Theater
Empathy, Otherness, and the Need for Storytelling, Introduction to Fiction, (self-designed), Spring 2018
Authors include Edwidge Danticat, Diamala Eltit, Julia “Jewels” Smith, Joseph Geha, Yaa Gyasi, and others.
Decolonizing Literature, Writing about Literature (self-designed), Global Literature Cluster, Spring 2018
Authors include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yaa Gyasi, and others.
Love in the Time of Colorblindness: The Rhetoric of Race and Social Justice, Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (self-designed, research writing course), Fall 2017
Authors include Ian Haney Lopez, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Beyoncé.
Gendering Blackness: Black Womanhood and Literature, Online Course (self-designed, writing about literature course), Summer 2017
Authors include Melissa Harris-Perry, Claudia Rankine, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, and Zadie Packer.
Under e-RACE-sure: Race and Literature in the United States (self-designed, writing about literature course), Spring 2017
Authors include Yaa Gayasi, Melissa Harris-Perry, Claudia Rankine, Paul Beatty, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others.
Loving Publics: Gender, Race, and the Rhetoric of the Public Intellectual, Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (self-designed, research writing course), Fall 2016
Authors include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Roxanne Gay, Melissa Harris-Perry, Angela Davis, and Beyoncé.
Research and Information Skills, UCOR 100 (self-designed, information literacy course), Fall 2016
Memory and Revision, Honors Inquiry I, IHP 104 (common texts, self-designed assignments), Fall 2016
Authors include Jhumpa Lahiri, Paula Vogel, Seth (Graphic Novelist), Claudia Rankine, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Junot Diaz.
The Color of Violence: Global Women Writing Violence, UCOR 102: Writing about Literature, Gender Cluster (self-designed, writing about literature course), Spring 2016
Authors include Diamela Eltit, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Emma Donoghue, Violet Barungi, Nice Rodriguez, Adelhied Roosen, Mahasweta Devi, Ata Aidoo, Julie Okoh, Tsitsi Dangaremba, Gloria Anzaldua, and a variety of Arab women poets.
Engendering Rhetoric: Love and Violence in Media and Culture, UCOR 101: Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (self-designed, research writing themed around gender and violence), Fall 2015
The Postmodern Condition: Literary Theory for the Modern Subject, ENGL 434W (self-designed introduction to theory course), Fall 2015
- Course emphasizes mostly nineteenth- and twentieth-century theorists and covers Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Gender Theory, Postmodernism, Post Structuralism, Marxist Theory, Race Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Transnational Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Studies.
Memory and Revision, Honors Inquiry I, IHP 104 (common texts, self-designed assignments), Fall 2015
- Authors include Edwidge Danticat, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jeannette Walls, Stephen Chbosky, and Margaret Atwood.
Engendering Rhetoric: Love and Violence in Media and Culture, UCOR 101: Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (self-designed, research writing themed around gender, violence, and rape culture), Fall 2015
Canon Ball!: Rethinking American Literature for the Twenty-First Century Subject, American Literature
II Survey (self-designed, upper level undergraduate course), Spring 2015
- Authors include Walt Whitman, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Nella Larsen, Amy Lowell, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kurt Vonnegut, Sandra Cisneros, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Art Spigelman, and others.
Global Englishes: The Subaltern Speaking in the 20th Century, UCOR 102: Writing about Literature, Global Literature Cluster (self-designed, writing about literature course), Spring 2015
- Authors include Salman Rushdie, Joseph Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Nadine Gordimer, Bapsi Sidwha, Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Jessica Hagedorn, Katherine Mansfield, Leslie Marmon Silko, Derek Walcott, Tawfiq al-Halkim, and others.
Multi-Ethnic Literature and the Bildungsroman, Honors Inquiry II (Honors Freshman composition/literature course, self-designed), Spring 2015
- Authors include Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gary Shteyngart, Sherman Alexie, and Jessica Hagedorn.
Honors Inquiry I (Honors Freshman composition/literature course, self-designed assignments), Fall 2014
- Authors include Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bram Stoker, David Harris-Gershon, Rebecca Skloot, and selected secondary, critical readings.
UCOR 101: Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (Composition course in a Learning Community,
self-designed), Fall 2014
West Virginia University, Department of English
Modernist Identities and the Aesthetics of Form (self-designed upper level undergraduate course), 2011
- Authors include Virginia Woolf, Nella Larsen, D.H. Lawrence, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Willa Cather, W.B. Yeats, E.M. Forster, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Amy Lowell, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Dashiell Hammet, and others.
Science, the Mind, Identity, and British Literature from Romanticism to the Present (self-designed upper level undergraduate course), 2012
- Authors include the major Romantic poets (Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley, Keats) as well as Mary Shelley, Anna Litetia Barbauld, Felicia Hemans, the Victorian writers (Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Bronte, Robert Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Gaskell), the modernists (Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf), post WWII/contemporary writers (Anthony Burgess, Zadie Smith, Nicholas Hornby, Alan Moore and David Lloyd), and others.
Dystopian Spaces and Individual Identities (self-designed lower level undergraduate course), 2012
- Authors include Suzanne Collins, Jerome Holgate, Shirley Jackson, Yevgeny Zamyatin, George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, Ursula K. LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Alan Moore and David Lloyd, Kate Wilhelm, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Paolo Bacigalupi, and others.
Superheroes, Super Geeks, the Supernatural, and the Magical as Cultural Critique (self-designed upper level undergraduate course), 2009
- Texts include True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, Harry Potter, Fringe, Bones, Watchmen, and others as well as extensive secondary reading.
Composition and Rhetoric II (self-designed second level composition course), 2007-2012
Composition and Rhetoric I (self-designed introductory composition course), 2005-2007
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of English
Who We Are Is What We Like: Popular Culture and Identity (self-designed introductory composition
Reading Popular Culture (self-designed second level composition course on academic research and
Allegany College of Maryland, English Department
Introduction to Literature, (self-designed introductory course), 2006
Guest Lectures (for English courses)
Introduction to Film Theory for Andrea Bebell’s American Popular Culture, 2010
Virginia Woolf’s Orlando for Gwen Bergner’s Modern Love: Alienation and Deviance, 2008
Introduction to Modernism for Lisa Weihman’s British Literature 2 Survey, 2007
Seminar: “Gen M: Experiential/Experimental Time” with Lois Cucullu, Aaron Jaffe, and Rudolph Glitz, 2012 Modernist Studies Association Conference
Paper Presented: “The Temperature of Time: Hudson Hoagland’s ‘Chemistry of Time’ and Virginia Woolf’s Fiction”
Seminar: “Modernism and Violence” with Marian Eide, 2011 Modernist Studies Association Conference
Paper Presented: “Mater Sacer: Addie as Sublime Object in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying”
Seminar: “Modernist Death(s)” with Holly Laird, 2010 Modernist Studies Association Conference
Paper Presented: “Only Disconnect: Ruth Wilcox, Death, and the Maternal Sublime Object in E.M. Forster’s Howards End”
Seminar: “After the National Paradigm: Literary History, Translation, and the Making of World Literature” with Rebecca Walkowitz, Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies, West Virginia University, 2010
Seminar: 30th Annual Meeting of the T.S. Eliot Society, 2009
Paper Presented: “Androgyny or Gender Switching?: Tiresias in The Waste Land”
Seminar: Graduate Student Workshop with Elizabeth Grosz, Jackson Distinguished Lecture Series, West Virginia University, 2006
Online Course Development Grant, Duquesne University, 2015-2016, Grant to design an online platform for the UCOR 101 (Composition I) course for the Duquesne University English Department.
Awards, Scholarships, and Assistantships
West Virginia University Dissertation Fellowship, Spring 2013
West Virginia University English Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
Awarded Runner-Up to the West Virginia University English Department Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
WVU Graduate Teaching Assistantship with Jackson Scholarship, 2011-2012, 2007-2010
WVU Graduate Teaching Assistantship with Crocker Scholarship, 2005-2007
Professional and University Service
HONR 104 Coordinator, 2015-Present, Oversee the development of the Honors introductory research writing curriculum, the scheduling of courses, and the instructors for all HONR 104 sections.
First Year Writing Committee, 2018-2019, Design assessment rubrics and protocols for the core courses housed in the English Department.
AMOR Learning Community, 2014-2017, Potentia Learning Community, Fall 2018, Instructor in a learning community that included collaborative teaching and assignments as well as helping students acclimate to the expectations of college.
University Contingent Faculty Committee, 2016, Worked with a committee to develop recommended revisions to the Faculty Handbook regarding contingent faculty positions.
English Department Contingent Faculty Committee, Fall 2016, Worked with a committee to develop a response regarding the establishment of stable, contingent positions for the English Department.
First-Year Writing Committee, 2015-2016, Serving on the committee to develop introductory level 1 and 2 writing courses for the English Department..
PhD Program Benchmark Study Committee, Spring 2015, Served on the committee to organize an assessment of the current PhD program at Duquesne University in response to the recent report on doctoral programs in English by the Modern Language Association.
Speaker Committee, 2014-2015, Served on the committee that organizes speakers who come to campus.
IHP 104 Committee, 2015-2015, Served on the committee that designs the curriculum for the introductory writing/literature honors course.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Liberal Studies English Committee, 2013-2014, Served on a sub-committee that developed the curriculum document for the English Department that outlined the structure of required, entry level Liberal Studies English courses
Created and oversaw English Department Twitter Feed, 2013-2014
D.H. Lawrence Society of North America
Secretary of D.H. Lawrence Society of North America, 2016-Present
Executive Committee Member of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America, 2012-2015
Administrative Assistant to the President of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America, 2012
West Virginia University
Student Activities Coordinator for the English Graduate Organization, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, Organized the Graduate Colloquium at West Virginia University and expanded it from a university to regional conference
English 101 Mentor, 2006-2007, Mentored incoming graduate teaching assistants in English 101 and served on the textbook committee
Center for Victims
Oversaw community engagement projects for my undergraduate composition courses; Fall 2014 and Fall 2015
Westmoreland Literacy Program
Tutor in adult literacy, 2010-Present
Modern Language Association, Modernist Studies Association, D.H. Lawrence Society of North America