I am a Ph.D. Candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hold an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with a minor in English from Lebanon Valley College.
My dissertation, “Our Microbes: Interdependence in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1920” examines the role that “friendly” microbes played in the American imagination in the period between germ theory and antibiotics. Extending literary scholarship that focuses on the anxieties and fears provoked by disease-causing germs, the project attends to the fiction writers, bacteriologists, industry leaders, and domestic workers who located utility and possibility in the microbial world. My research has been supported by the Thomas F. Ferdinand Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2017), Rebekah F. Kirby Dissertation Fellowship (Spring 2017), and Eliason Dissertation Fellowship (Summer 2016).
As a founding member of the HHIVE Lab, I pursue interdisciplinary research and pedagogical projects that bridge traditional disciplinary and hierarchical boundaries. I am HHIVE Assistant Director and have served as a Study Coordinator for the Falls Narrative Study (2015-2016), which paired UNC health humanities students with older adults from the community to elicit written narratives about falling down. Along with graduate student and faculty collaborators, I recently published a co-authored article about health humanities undergraduate research exposure in the Journal of Medical Humanities.
I have taught Introduction to American Literature (Spring 2016), Introduction to Fiction (Fall 2016), and Introduction to Composition & Rhetoric (8 sections, 2012-2017); lead recitation sections as a TA for Literature, Medicine, and Culture (Spring 2015) and 20th Century American Literature (Fall 2014); lead discussion groups in the Medical School (2013-2016); and served as member of the Peer Mentoring Committee for two terms (2015-2017).