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I am the singer-songwriter-bassist for the Philadelphia-based rock group Smart Barker. I worked for many years as a scholar of British Romanticism, a writer, an editor, and an English professor. Today, I am focused on music—making my own and studying various kinds of popular and alternative music from 1975 to 1990, which, in the spirit of “the Long Eighteenth Century,” I call “the Extended Eighties.”

I grew up in Roanoke, VA, “the Star City of the South,” also the hometown of my musical collaborator, Mark Graybill; and I had a good college experience at James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I did my graduate work (MA and PhD) at the University of South Carolina under the expert direction of Paula R. Feldman. I started a tenure-track job at Widener University in 1997. In 2010, I was promoted to the rank of Professor of English; in 2014, I became the first Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English. I left academia in 2018.

Employment History

Professor of English, Widener University, 2010–2018

Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, Widener University, 2014–2018

Associate Professor of English, Widener University, 2003–2010

Assistant Professor of English, Widener University, 1997–2003

Education

Ph.D. in English Literature, University of South Carolina, August 1997

M.A. in English, University of South Carolina, August 1994

B.A. in English, James Madison University, May 1992

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