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Dusty received BAs in English and Spanish at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2006, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, he taught high school English and coached a speech and debate team in La Joya, Texas, from 2006-2009. He is currently teaching classes in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, and researching a dissertation on the nineteenth-century historical romance. In 2014, he co-founded the podcast LitWit, which discusses literature for a primarily non-academic audience.
His PhD work is supervised by Profs. César Salgado and John González.