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Postdoctoral Fellow

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


“The Alien Within: Divergent Futures in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon and Niell Blomkamp’s District 9,” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 47 no. 3, 398-425. DOI: 10.5621/sciefictstud.47.3.0398

“Human to Humus: Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille and Eco-linguistics as a Decolonialist Strategy,” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, vol. 9 no. 2, 2022.


“Otherworld Here: The Ecological Possibilities of Faeries,” revision resubmitted to Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism

“Conjuring Worlds: Magic, the Magical Realist Genre and Literary Legacies of Colonialism,” invited submission for a special issue on Post-Magical Realism, under review with Canadian Review of Comparative Literature

“Dendrography: The Overstory and Listening to Versus Speaking for the Trees,” under review for special issue “Arboreal Imaginaries” in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism

Co-editor, Books Through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement, under review with the University of Georgia Press

“Affective Decolonialism: Pumzi and Mugumo in the Desert” in Lexicon of Global Melodrama, ed. Sarah Marak et al. (2021) Bielefeld/ Columbia University Press

Teaching Awards

2020                            Professional Development Award for PIT Journal, English Department, UNC Chapel Hill

2020                            Grant for High-Impact Online Teaching and Learning Practices Course for Faculty at HBCUs

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

2013-2020                    UNC Chapel Hill Teaching Fellowship

2011                              ACS Foundation Innovation Grant

2011                              TAPAS Grants for Teaching Artists in my Classroom

2011, 2010, 2009           ACS Mini-Grant for books

2009                            ACS Foundation Fellowship: Bringing Our History to Our Schools

2008, 2009                  Asheville City Schools Teacher Scholarship


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

2019                             NeMLA Graduate Student Travel Award

2019                             Arts Everywhere Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill

2019                             Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, UNC Chapel Hill

2019                             Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill

2019                             NeMLA Summer Research Fellowship Award

Courses Taught:

ENGL 158: Decolonialism

ENGL 266: Ecocriticism

ENGL 129: Myth in Contemporary Literature

ENGL 141: Legacies of Colonialism in Novel Form

ENGL 105: Rhetoric and Composition

Curriculum Vitae / Resume