I am the author of The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion After the Subject (2014), which is published by Fordham University Press under its Commonalities series. In December 2015, the book was awarded the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies. I am also co-editor with Verena Andermatt Conley of Nancy Now (2014), published by Polity Press, and have published articles on contemporary continental thought and its intersections with literature, political thought, and cultural politics in journals including diacritics, MLN, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Theory, Philosophy East & West, Cultural Critique, Theory & Event, and Cultural Politics.
My next book (in French), L'existence prépositionnelle, will appear with Galilée in Jan/Feb 2019. Meanwhile, I am in the midst of completing Touching Literature, or The Experience of the Limit, which will be published by Cornell University Press.
I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University in 2012, having written my doctoral dissertation under the direction of Dominick LaCapra, Timothy Murray, Jonathan Culler, and the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. I then served as Postdoctoral Research Fellow during the 2012-13 academic year at the Society for the Humanities also at Cornell, and continued as Visiting Scholar at the Society for 2013-14. Following that, I was awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2014-15 at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University, where I was also affiliated with the Department of Romance Languages (French), and taught the course Introduction to Contemporary French Thought for the department in the spring of 2015. In 2015, I received the prestigious Newton International Fellowship awarded by the Royal Society and the British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences for my work on "prepositional existence" in French and German thought. During the term of my fellowship (2015-17), I was hosted by the Department of French at the University of Cambridge. In May 2017, I joined the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore as President's Assistant Professor of Literature, an appointment made under the university's targeted hire program.
In the course of my studies, I have also studied under a host of other amazing teachers: Verena Andermatt Conley (while I was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (French) at Harvard), Samuel Weber (under the Paris Program in Critical Theory), Ian James (at the University of Cambridge), John WP Phillips and Ryan Bishop (at the National University of Singapore). I cannot be more grateful either for the growing list of mentors that have been helping me along my academic trajectory: Françoise Meltzer (Chicago), Philip Armstrong (Ohio State), Martin Crowley (Cambridge), Werner Hamacher (Frankfurt), Georges Van Den Abbeele (UCI), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford), Hugo Azérad (Cambridge), Lee Edelman (Tufts), Eduardo Cadava (Princeton), and Daniel Heller-Roazen (Princeton).
While it can be said that my primary research focus is on theory/ continental philosophy, I actually have a far more wide-ranging research interest. It covers French literature (Balzac, Zola, Flaubert, Proust, Sarraute, Robbe-Grillet, Sollers, Duras, Le Clézio, and Modiano, including the fictional works of Blanchot and Cixous), Luso-Brazilian literature (Lispector, Saramago, Pessoa), contemporary Anglo-American literature (DeLillo, Coetzee, Barnes, and Boyd), novel theory, contemporary political thought, cultural politics, and East-West comparative philosophy.