Teaching Assistant Professor / Postdoctoral Fellow

2018, PhD English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2008, MA English, North Carolina State University

2002, JD, University of Iowa College of Law

Bio

My research and teaching interests include law-and-literature, theory and history of the novel, women’s writing, and legal writing and analysis. My dissertation, “Legal Fictions, Literary Narrative, and the Historical Truth: The Jurisprudence of Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century” argues that the vexed exchange between legal and literary fictions has profoundly shaped modern conceptions of marriage and the individual. I chart this exchange in eighteenth-century English legal texts on marriage—such as parliamentary debates, legislation, case law, marriage settlements, and private separation deeds—and the novels of Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Eliza Haywood, Frances Burney, Elizabeth Inchbald, Charlotte Smith, and Jane Austen.


Publications:


Teaching Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2017
  • The Lawrence G. Avery Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2015
  • Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University Committee on Teaching Awards, UNC, 2015
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University Graduate Student Association, North Carolina State University, 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, English Department, North Carolina State University, 2007

Awards

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, 2016-2017
  • Richardson Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2016
  • Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Work on a Dissertation in 18th– or 19th-Century British Literature, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2016

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 105i: Writing in Law
  • ENGL 105: Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 120: Introduction to Fiction
  • ENGL 129: Literature and Cultural Diversity