about me

I‘m a writer, mostly of non-fiction (though not exclusively). My work blends memoir, history, psychoanalysis, and creative speculation. Currently, I’m especially interested in reconsidering and interrogating¬† the true crime genre. This interest is at the heart of my two most recent books, An Unexplained Death (Henry Holt, 2018), and Couple Found Slain (Henry Holt, 2021).

¬†¬† I have a D.Phil from Oxford in English language and literature. In the past, I’ve been a lecturer at the University of East London, a visiting professor in the department of comparative literature at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and director of the humanities program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. I’m currently a full faculty professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in downtown Baltimore. I teach various courses on modern literature, psychology, folklore, and animal studies.

I’m also a psychoanalyst certified since 2012 through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NCPsycA), and I do pro bono work in prisons and in forensic psychiatric facilities. My articles and forensic case studies have appeared in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Literary History, American Imago, and elsewhere.

I live in the stately, historical neighborhood of Mount Vernon, in Baltimore, with my partner, the movie critic David Sterritt and Brutus, our French Bulldog mix. You can read a profile of me and my work published in The Baltimore Sun by Mary Carole McCauley; or check out at this article by Mark Dery at Boing Boing. I hope you enjoy exploring my website. I don’t use much social media, but if you want to get in touch, feel free to drop me a line.