About

My major topic of study is the comparative history of dreaming—how dreams are experienced, shared, and made use of in different cultures. My research focuses especially on the Indigenous Pacific Northwest and Europe, and I am a student of languages from those two regions. I have published essays on Tlingit oral literature and visual art; on the philosophy of perception; on the European novel; and on the imagination in conditions of solitude. I am co-founder and co-chair of the Native Cultures of the Americas Seminar at Harvard, and I am the creator of the Dream Parliament, an experimental protocol for reimagining dreams in a communal setting. I have a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton, and for six years I taught in New Jersey prisons with the Princeton University Prison Teaching Initiative. I am an Editor-at-Large at Cabinet Magazine, and I was Guest Editor of Cabinet Issue 67, on "Dreams." I was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2017 to 2021. From 2022, I will serve as faculty at Outer Coast College in Sitka, Alaska.