M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Iowa.
M.A., English Literature, University of Iowa.
B.A., English Literature, University of California, Irvine.
Teaching and Research Interests
Creativity studies, creative writing, screenwriting, scientific and environmental writing, process-based writing, writing pedagogy, community-based-learning, metacognition, active and transformational learning, the neurobiology of writing, neuroaesthetics, the science of learning, curriculum development, online learning, writing and technology, deep reading, empathy, and language and emotion.
Selected Publications, Presentations, and Professional Activities
Visiting Professor, The American University in Cairo.
Faculty, The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.
Inside the Mind of a Writer: The Art and Science of Creative Writing (In progress).
Hadji Murad. The screen adaptation of Tolstoy’s last and largely forgotten novel, which features Tolstoy’s only Muslim hero.
Prince Among Slaves. A PBS documentary and winner of the Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival.
Assistant Editor, Philological Quarterly, University of Iowa.
Member of the Advisory Board, The Essay Review.
1st Place Overall - Startup Pitch Competition - The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and University of Iowa Innovation Challenge.
2nd Place Overall - Business Plan Competition - The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and University of Iowa Innovation Challenge.