I earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a D.E.A in French Literature from the Université de Genève. Before coming to Texas Tech, I taught at colleges and universities in Nebraska, Indiana, and Rhode Island. My research is mainly concerned with 18th- and 19th-century French literature, continental philosophy, and the intersections of literature and philosophy. I am also interested in literary and critical theory, intellectual history, and film studies. My current book project Wishing to Conclude: Stupidity, Philosophy, and the French Novel investigates the legitimization of stupidity as an object of philosophical inquiry in 20th-century and contemporary French philosophy and suggests that such conceptualization is highly indebted to the French novel.