B.A, Humanities, Houghton College. Houghton, NY. 2014
I am a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I study American literature of the long nineteenth century (1830-1914). My research focuses on prose narratives (fiction and non-fiction) in relation to science, critical theory, biopolitics, and race. More broadly, too, I am interested in genre fiction (especially horror, science fiction, and weird fiction), intellectual and social history, and the history of science.
My dissertation centers on literature and discourses of crowd psychology at the turn of the century. Considering novels, short stories, essays, and scientific writing, I argue that American writers between the end of Reconstruction and the start of WWI found in the complicated notion of the crowd a means to justify as well as to resist racial inequality. Whether claimed as the embodiment of democracy itself or shamed as a primitive resurgence, the crowd was for both white and black constituencies a pliable, powerful instrument.
My research on related topics has been published in Mississippi Quarterly and Configurations. Other writing, including essays and reviews, appears with The Millions, PopMatters, boundary2 online, symploke, Gulf Coast, Full Stop, and The Carolina Quarterly. (Visit my website for links to my writing.)
As a Teaching Fellow in the English department, I regularly teach courses in composition and rhetoric. I have also taught ENGL 144: Popular Genres, served as a Teaching Assistant for ENGL 268: Literature, Medicine, and Culture, and been a Graduate Research Consultant for ENGL 344: Literature of the American West and CMPL 142: Visual Culture.
Additionally, I have served in various editorial positions and am currently an editorial assistant for the journal American Literature.
- “Not So New Materialism: Homeostasis Revisited” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 27.1 (Winter 2019) Forthcoming
- “The Lasting Impressions of Biopower,” Review of Kyla Schuller’s The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century [Duke University Press, 2018] symploke 26.1 (Forthcoming 2018)
- “Exceptional Infidelity: James Dickey’s Deliverance, Film Adaptation, and the Postsouthern”Mississippi Quarterly 69.2 (Spring 2016) [Published Summer 2018]
- “The Universes of Speculative Realism,” Review of Steven Shaviro’s The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism [University of Minnesota Press, 2014] boundary 2: b2o review (June 1, 2017) Web
- Erika Lindemann Teaching Award in Composition and Literature, 2018
- Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2018
- Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTSA), 2017
Hobby Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Department of English, Fall Semester, 2019
Summer Research Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, 2019
- Best Graduate Student Essay, South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA), 2016
African American Literature | American Literature to 1900 to the present | Critical Race Studies | Critical Theory and Cultural Studies | Literature and History | Literature and Philosophy | Literature and Science | Modernism | Posthumanism | Science Fiction | Science Writing | Southern Literature | The Novel | Transatlantic Studies