Education

Ph.D.      English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill                               (anticipated) May 2022     

                Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies     

                Dissertation: “Inverts, Tomboys, and Drag Kings: Female Masculinities in Modernist American

Literature and Culture, 1890-1940”  

              

B.A.        English and Psychology, Wesleyan University                                                                   May 2014     

                Certificate in Cognitive Psychology

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Zora Neale Hurston in North Carolina: Drama, Education, and Contemporary Activism.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, August 2020.

 

“‘A Winged but Grounded Bird’: Morrison’s Mixed Treatment of Animality in The Bluest Eye.” Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. (forthcoming spring 2021)

Edited Collections

“A Crisis in (Female) Masculinity: My Ántonia & the Imaginative Recreation of the Western Frontier.” The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture, edited by Lydia Cooper and Joana Conings. (forthcoming spring 2021)

 

 ““The Poems and the Dances of the Shades’: Destabilizing Psychological Theories of Grief in The Year of Magical Thinking.” Death Within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature, edited by Adriana Teodorescu (2018): 10-27.

Fellowships, Grants & Awards

Eliason Dissertation Summer Research Fellowship                                                                                         2020

MLA COVID-19 Emergency Grant                                                                                                                       2020 

Graduate Student Travel Fund, ECL Department                                                                                            2020

UNC-Kings Exchange Summer Fellowship                                                                                                         2019

Paul Green Prize, North Carolina Literary Review                                                                                            2019

Student Learning Circle Grant, UNC Center for Global Initiatives                                                                2019

Winchester Fellowship, Wesleyan University                                                                                                     2018

Deborah W. Shelton Endowment for Graduate Travel Awards, ECL Department                                     2018

Winchester Fellowship, Wesleyan University                                                                                                     2017

Albrecht B. Strauss SAMLA Awards Fund                                                                                                           2016

Graduate Student Travel Fund, ECL Department                                                                                              2016

Conference Participation

Conferences Convened:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kings College London Exchange. Sponsored by: The Institute from Arts and Humanities. Chapel Hill, August 2018.  http://configurationsofempire.web.unc.edu

 

Health Humanities Exchange. Sponsored by: Center for Bioethics, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Department of Social Medicine, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Center for Genomics and Society, School of Nursing, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Social Work of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 2016. https://hhex.web.unc.edu

 

Panels Organized

“Transnational Approaches to Transgender Studies.” Paper presented: “Deterritorializing Gender in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex.” National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. November 2020. (cancelled due to covid-19 pandemic)

Papers Presented:

“Truman Capote, Carson McCullers and the Polymorphous Perverse Tomboy.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting. January 2021.

 

“Transmasculinity and the ‘Femme Witness’ in Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting. January 2021.

 

“Print Media and Narratives of American Nationalism in Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad." Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature (MELUS) Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. March 2020. (cancelled due to covid-19 pandemic)

A Crisis in (Female) Masculinity: My Ántonia & the Imaginative Recreation of the Western Frontier.”  Kentucky Gender & Women’s Studies Conference. Lexington, KY. September 2019.​

 

“Sexual Inverts, Tomboys, and Inverted Women: Literary Female Masculinities, American Masculinity and  Discourses of Female Sex/Gender Aberration.” Configurations of Empire Works- in-Progress Conference. King’s College, London. August 2019.​

 

“Changing Bodies, Changing Selves: Feminism, Materiality & Maternity in Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.”  American Literature Association 29th Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 2018

 

“Exploring the Humanimal in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.”  University of North Carolina at Greensboro English Graduate Student Association Conference 2018. Greensboro, NC. February 2018.   

 

“‘I don’t think the world likes women much’: Racialized and Queered Motherhood in Suzan-Lori Parks’s In the  Blood.” American Society for Theatre Research. Atlanta, GA. November 2017.

 

“Essaying Illness: Virginia Woolf and the Madwoman Writer.” British Women Writers Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. June 2017.

 

“Re-Envisioning Dr. Matthew O’Connor: A Trans/Feminist Reading of Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.” Feminist Geography Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. May 2017.

 

“Alternative States of Being: Madness and the Modern Era in As I Lay Dying.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Jacksonville, FL. November 2016

 

“‘A True Story That Never Happened’: The Epistemology of a War Story in The Things They Carried.” Listening to Trauma: Insights and Actions. Washington D.C. October 2016.

 

“Literature and the Five Stages: A Medical Humanities Perspective on Grief.” American Comparative Literature Association. Boston, MA. March 2016.

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record:

English 105: Writing Across the Disciplines                                                                                               Fall 2020

Asynchronous, self-paced correspondence course taught to incarcerated students at Dan River Work Farm in Blanch, NC. This course translates first year college composition into an analog environment suitable to incarcerated teaching and learning.                         

 

English 105: Writing Across the Disciplines                                                                                          Spring 2020

Onsite learning course taught at Johnston Correctional Facility in Smithfield, NC. This course translates first year composition into an analog environment suitable to incarcerated teaching and learning.   

       

English 105: Writing Across the Disciplines                                                                                          Spring 2020

This course prepares first year students to write on the college level across three major    academic disciplines: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences (or Business), and Humanities.

 

English 140: Introduction to Queer Literature and Culture                                                               Spring 2019

 This introductory course to gender and sexuality studies centers around literary and cinematic representations of non-normative genders and sexualities in primarily American culture from the early 20th century to the present.

 

English 105i: Writing in Health and Medicine                                                                                           Fall 2018

This course is designed specifically for students interested in the health sciences such as public health, pharmacy, nursing, and medicine; as such, it emphasizes genre- and discipline- specific forms of composition.

 

English 105i: Writing in Health and Medicine                                                                                     Spring 2018

This course is designed specifically for students interested in the health sciences such as public health, pharmacy, nursing, and medicine; as such, it emphasizes genre- and discipline- specific forms of composition.

 

English 105: Writing Across the Disciplines                                                                                               Fall 2017

This course prepares first year students to write on the college level across three major academic disciplines: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences (or Business), and Humanities.

 

English 105: Writing Across the Disciplines                                                                                           Spring 2017

This course prepares first year students to write on the college level across three major academic disciplines: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences (or Business), and Humanities.

 

English 105: Writing Across the Disciplines                                                                                               Fall 2016  This course prepares first year students to write on the college level across three major academic disciplines: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences (or Business), and Humanities.

Teaching Assistant

Comparative Literature 144: Engaging Film and Media                                                                          Fall 2020

This course, subtitled “Independent Cinema & the American South,” explores films made outside of Hollywood that seek to represent the diversity and complexity of the contemporary South.                   

 

English 268H: Literature, Medicine, and Culture                                                                                     Fall 2019 

This course, an introduction to the growing area of health humanities, analyzes novels, films, and medical memoirs to investigate the close affinities among literary representation, the health sciences, and clinical practice.

Service to Profession

Graduate Research Consultant, English 250: Faulkner, spring 2020

Director, Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium, 2016-2017; spring 2020

Writing Coach, UNC-CH Writing Center, fall 2017

Member, Configurations of Empire Reading Group, 2016-present

Research Assistant & Web Designer, Health and Humanities Lab at UNC-CH, 2015-2017

Kim-Frank Fellow, Wesleyan Writing Programs, 2014-2015

Writing Tutor, Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, 2013-2014

Writing Tutor, Wesleyan Writing Programs, 2012-2014

Professional Memberships

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature (MELUS)

Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)

Society for the Study of Southern Literature

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Cirriculum Vitae