About Me

I’m the author of The Adjunct Underclass (Chicago, 2019), The PhDictionary (Chicago, 2016), and Landscapes of Betrayal, Landscapes of Joy (SUNY Press, 2000), as well as a pile of articles since the late 1980s.

After I finished my PhD in Architecture (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), I’ve taught at Duke University, where I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the University Writing Program, and at the Boston Architectural College, where I started as Director of Liberal Studies, then became Dean of Research and Assessment, the title way fancier than the job. I continue to offer professional services to higher education clients, leading faculty development, coordinating assessment and accreditation efforts, and giving conference talks to audiences from 25 to 600.

Since leaving higher ed, I’ve been drawn to write fiction as well, and have participated in the Bread Loaf Writers Conference (2017) and the Postgraduate Writers Conference at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (2018).

In an unintended irony, I’ve studied the ways in which people have formed relationships with the places they live, and I’ve lived at 22 different addresses in seven states to do it. For the past seven years, I’ve finally settled in a tiny village in Vermont with my wife and work partner Nora Rubinstein (herself a gifted novelist) and two cats. I’ve served on our town’s Selectboard for five years now, with duties ranging from writing grant proposals to calling a neighbor yet again about their loose dog.