2011, BA English, Davidson College
I am a fourth year PhD student and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research focuses on the sartorial politics of women’s writing in England in the 1630’s-1680’s. I am interested in the ways that fashioned representations of clothed bodies, characters, and literary/non-fiction selves are rendered in works by Margaret Cavendish, Lucy Hutchinson, Anne Clifford, and others. I consider how these representations serve as sites for political work, which can include political theorizing, politico-social commentary, and even petitionary action. My most recent work on this project explores how Margaret Cavendish’s plays contrast various forms of fashionable and garment-driven “singularity” to put forth a political theory of right aristocratic and monarchical government after the tumult of the Restoration.
My teaching experience includes work as Teaching Assistant for Professor Mary Floyd-Wilson’s Shakespeare course, a Teaching Fellow for UNC’s English 105: Writing in the Disciplines, and three years of high school teaching experience at Emma Willard School.
- “‘A Serving-Man to become a Queen’: Digitized Woodcuts and the Gender/Class Slide in ‘The Famous Flower of Serving-Men.’” Early Modern Criticism and Politics in a Time of Crisis, ed. Patricia Palmer and David Baker (Santa Barbara: emcIMPRINT, forthcoming).
- David J. Baker, Travis Alexander, Adam Engel, Katharine Landers, Mary Learner, and Ashley Werlinich, “Dangerous Conjectures’: Ophelia’s Ballad Performance,” Ballads and Performance: The Multi-Modal Stage in Early Modern England, ed. Patricia Fumerton (Santa Barbara: emcIMPRINT, forthcoming).
- Ruth Rose Richardson Award for the Outstanding Record in the First Year of Study, 2015
- Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-aid, 2017