Washburn University: Assistant Professor, 2013-present
Indiana University Bloomington: Visiting Lecturer, 2012-2013; Teaching Fellow, 2009-2011; Associate Instructor, 2004-2009
DePauw University: Part-time Instructor, 2012
20th-century British and American literature, transatlantic modernism, animal studies, environmental studies, literature and science, queer and gender studies, cultural studies, teaching of composition and professional writing.
English Department literature emphasis committee, community engagement (especially animal welfare-related)
“Dogging the Subject: Samuel Beckett, Emmanuel Levinas, and Posthumanist Ethics.” Journal of Modern Literature 36.3 (Spring 2013), 100-119.
“Jack London, Nature Fakery, and the Stakes of Animal Narrative.” The Evolutionary Review 4.1 (Spring 2013), 67-75.
“The Face of a Dog: Levinasian Ethics and Human/Dog Coevolution.” In Queering the Non/Human, ed. Noreen Giffney and Myra J. Hird (Ashgate, 2008), 185-204.
“Thinking Otherwise about Animals.” Review of Theorizing Animals: Rethinking Humanimal Relations, ed. Nik Taylor and Tania Signal. Humanimalia 4.1 (Fall 2012), 149-153. http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/issue%2007/kara-taylor.html
“The Call of the Wild, Jack London.” In Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, ed. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones (McFarland, 2013), 198-199.
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants:
Human-Animal Studies Fellowship, co-sponsored by Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies (2013)
Bruns Graduate Student Essay Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (2012)
Ruth Neikamp-Cummings Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University Department of English (2011)
Course Development Grant, Indiana University Freshman Interest Groups Program (2008)
Conference Travel Awards, Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences (2009, 2012) and Department of English (2006 & 2007)
David H. Dickason Essay Awards, Indiana University Department of English (2004 & 2005)
Panel organizer and presenter, “The Straw Vegan and the Rhetoric of Selective Omnivorism,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA] Conference, Notre Dame, IN (October 2013).
“Interspecies Agency and Inhuman Narrative in Faulkner’s ‘The Bear,’” SLSA Conference, Milwaukee, WI (September 2012).
“Mongrelizing the Novel: Virginia Woolf’s Flush and the Limits of Novelistic Form,” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Bloomington, IN (June 2011).
“‘A Community of Beasts’: Reimagining Urban Modernity with J. R. Ackerley’s Dogs,” SLSA Conference, Indianapolis, IN (October 2010).
“‘Thoroughbred in Body and Soul’: Albert Payson Terhune’s Lad Stories and Modern Dog Fancy,” SLSA Conference, Atlanta, GA (November 2009).
“Dogs and Masters: Beckett, Levinas, and Posthumanist Ethics,” SLSA Conference, Portland, ME (November 2007).
Panel organizer and presenter, “Of Mongrels and Men: Levinasian Humanism and Human-Dog Coevolution,” SLSA Conference, New York, NY (November 2006).
“Dying like a Tiger: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, Slavery, and the Exotic Animal Trade,” SLSA Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2005).
“Girl Meets Jungle: Reexamining the Woman/Nature Link in Tim O’Brien’s ‘Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,’” Intimacy/Proximity: A National, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, IU Department of English, Bloomington, IN (April 2005).
“Pleasures of the Flesh: Meat Eating and Contemporary American Masculinity,” College English Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN (April 2005).