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- Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (2014): Literary and Cultural Studies
- M.A., Carnegie Mellon University (2007): Literary and Cultural Studies
- B.A., The College of Wooster (2005): English and Women’s Studies
- I grew up in Seattle, Washington, but my educational career has since led me all across the United States. At The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, I exchanged a bagpiping scholarship for a BA in English and Women’s Studies, and a learned appreciation for liberal arts curricula as well. I subsequently completed my graduate education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I taught classes in both composition and literature (and kept up with the bagpiping, on the side). I strive to communicate standards of active engagement in my courses, and I see literary scholarship as a gradual mastering of the art of inquiry. I encourage my students to be responsibly inquisitive, and to ask questions, speak up, and be curious. 2014 marks the start of my teaching at UND, and I am excited to be here.
Specialties and Research Interests
- American Literature since 1865
- Science and Technology Studies
- Medicine and the History of Medical Diagnoses
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Edith Wharton
- Archival Studies
- Digital Media
- Digital Humanities
- Cultural Materialism and Theory
- “An Impossible Woman: Style, Supposition, and the Mysterious Case of Anne Moncure Crane.” American Literary Realism (issue forthcoming: Fall 2016).
- “On Being from Everywhere.” The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education (issue forthcoming 2015).
- “Engaging the Ghost: Digitization, Preservation, and the Lessons of a Haunted Library.” The Mount’s Blog, 31 July 2015. Web. EdithWharton.org/blog.
- “A Month at The Mount: Research and the Unsearchable Archive.” The Edith Wharton Review, 31.1 (Spring 2015): 32-40.
- “Suffer the Little Vixens: Edith Wharton and Realist Terror in ‘Jazz Age’ America.” JML: Journal of Modern Literature, 38.3 (Spring 2015): 99-118.
- “Of Anarchy and Amateurism: Zine Publication and Traditions of Print Dissent.” M/MLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 14.1 (Fall 2011).
- “‘Reading for It’: Lesbian Readers Constructing Culture and Identity through Textual Experience.” Peele, Thomas, ed. Queer Popular Culture. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (2007).
- Modern Language Association
- The Edith Wharton Society
- Modernist Studies Association
- Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)
- SSAC: First-Year Faculty Award (Spring 2015)
- The Edith Wharton Society’s Mount Research Award (2013)
- The Schaffer Dissertation Fellowship in Literary and Cultural Studies (2012-2013)
- The Posner Collection Rare Book Fellowship (Carnegie Mellon University, 2011)
Courses Recently Taught
- ENGL 227: Introduction to Literature and Culture [Gothic Fiction]
- ENGL 271: Reading and Writing About Texts
- I am also a musician; I play the bagpipes, the accordion, the guitar, and I sing and compose. In the past, I’ve played with a variety of bands and musical groups, one of which, The Armadillos, is still touring and releasing albums through the Wild Kindness Records label.