I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research and teaching interests include American literature and culture to 1900, American Studies, religion, gender studies, and digital humanities. My dissertation examines the relationship between belief and agency in nineteenth-century literature by women and African Americans, including Catharine Maria Sedgwick, William Wells Brown, Susan Warner, Augusta Jane Evans, and Elizabeth Stoddard.
As a UNC Teaching Fellow I teach in the Department of English and Comparative Literature's undergraduate literature program; my most recent course is Major American Authors. I also teach in the Department of American Studies and the UNC Writing Program, including sections of English 101 and 102 (English Composition and Rhetoric) as well as English 102i, a specialized course in Writing for Business. Before coming to UNC I taught American Studies at the Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd.
I am also the Project Manager of the William Blake Archive, a digital archive sponsored by the University of North Carolina, the University of Rochester, and the Library of Congress and one of only three digital humanities projects designated as MLA Approved Editions.
fellowships and awards
- Honorable Mention, Legacy award for best paper delivered at the 2012 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference
- Richardson Dissertation Fellowship, UNC English Department, Spring 2012
- Ferdinand Summer Research Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, Summer 2010
- Julius S. Hanner Fellowship, UNC English Department, 2005-2006
- Kuhnel Scholarship, Mensa Education and Research Foundation, 2005
- Fulbright Teaching Assistant Fellowship, United States Fulbright Commission, 2002-2003