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Teaching Assistant Professor

PhD English, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

MA Humanities, University of North Carolina Asheville

BA History, Boston College


My research focuses on the legacies of colonialism as it manifests in environmental and cultural terms in twenty-first century, global Anglophone literature and films.

Noting the unequal distribution of both causes and harms in the experience of climate change, and that indigenous peoples safeguard, on their mere one percent of land, over eighty percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity, I argue for recuperating indigenous and traditional cultures as a way to address climate change. These cultural narratives can change society, I argue, by changing what people value.

My work is situated in environmental humanities as a broad and interdisciplinary engagement with literature, film studies, post-colonial studies, anthropology, religious studies, linguistics and ecology.

To read more, visit my website


“Human to Humus: Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille and Eco-linguistics as a Decolonialist Strategy,” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, forthcoming “The Alien Within: Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon and Afrofuturism’s Use of Myth for a Different Future,” Science Fiction Studies, forthcoming

Teaching Awards

2019                             Equity in Teaching Institute, Center for Faculty Excellence, UNC CH

2017                             Senior Teaching Fellowship, Department of English, UNC

2016                             Erika Lindemann Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, UNC

2015                             Future Faculty Fellowship, Center for Faculty Excellence, UNC

2015                             Professional Development Award, English Department, UNC

2014                             Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher Award


2021                             Colby College Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities, August 1-7 (delayed for one year due                                        to COVID-19)

2021                             Environmental Storytelling and Narrative Course, Norwegian Researcher School for Environmental                                                Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, June 15-19 (delayed                                        for one year due to COVID-19)

2019                             Arts Everywhere Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill

2019                             Graduate Student Conference Grant, UNC Chapel Hill

2019                             Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill

2019                             NeMLA Summer Research Fellowship Award

Courses Taught:

Decolonial Literature (ENGL 158)

World Literatures in English (ENGL 141)

Literature and Cultural Diversity (ENGL 129)

Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 105)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume