I received my Ph.D. from the Stanford English Department, where my dissertation, “Reading Skills: The Politics of Literacy in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries,” focused on the ways that Victorian reading communities engaged with the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Based in an analysis of the archival records that nineteenth-century readers left behind, the project also suggested ways that we could build from such research when teaching Victorian literature today.
After graduating, I worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Postdoctoral Scholar for “WhatEvery1Says: The Humanities in Public Discourse” (WE1S), a digital and public humanities project funded by the Mellon Foundation. The project was highly collaborative and represented a partnership across multiple institutions, including California State University–Northridge and the University of Miami. Our main goal was to use digital methods to analyze how the humanities are portrayed in recent media and journalism. As the Director of the WE1S Curriculum Lab, I focused particularly on how college students experience and write about the humanities.
I went on to teach in the English Department at Emory University as an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellow. I then worked at Purdue University as a Visiting Instructor in the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program, a humanities-based general education sequence geared towards science and engineering students.
I am now an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Cortland, where I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century British Literature and Culture.
I received my B.A. in English from Yale University, where I was also a proud member of the Yale Glee Club.