Curriculum Vitae

*Full CV available here.

Education


UNCThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ph.D., English, 2018

Dissertation: “Our Microbes: Imagining Human Interdependence with Bacteria in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1920,” directed by Jane F. Thrailkill & Priscilla Wald (Duke University)

UMDUniversity of Maryland, College Park | M.A., English Language & Literature, 2011

Capstone Essay: “The Race for Hysteria in Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self and Angelina Weld Grimké’s Rachel,” directed by Keguro Macharia

LVC sealLebanon Valley College | B.S., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with minor in English Literature, summa cum laude, 2006

Professional Employment


Center for Medicine, Health, and Society
Vanderbilt University

  • Senior Lecturer, 2018-present
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, 2018-present

Department of English & Comparative Literature
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Senior Teaching Fellow, 2017-present
  • Graduate Administrator to the English M.A. Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture, 2016-2017
  • Teaching Fellow, 2012-2017
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 2011-2012

Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration (HHIVE) LaboratoryHHIVE_logo_ylw_tag_transparent
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Assistant Director, 2015-present
  • Study Coordinator, 2015-2016

Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

Kym Weed, “Microbial Perspectives: Mark Twain’s Imaginative Experiment in Ethics,” Literature and Medicine. Accepted, forthcoming April 2019.

Sarah Ann Singer, Kym Weed, Jennifer Edwell, Jordynn Jack, and Jane F. Thrailkill. “Advancing Pre-Health Humanities as Intensive Research Practice: Principles and Recommendations from a Cross-Divisional Baccalaureate Setting,” Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 38, no. 4, 2017, pp. 373-384.

In Progress

“Our Microbes: Imagining Human Interdependence with Bacteria in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1920,” book manuscript in progress.

“Alice James’s Alternative Influenza Etiology: Emulating Microorganisms in the Midst of Epidemic Disease,” article in progress.

Digital Work

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s Diagnosis and Treatment of American Democracy,” HHIVE Lab Blog, October 2017.

Awards, Fellowships, and Honors


2018

  • Dissertation Research Fellowship awarded by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017-2018

  • Senior Teaching Fellowship awarded in recognition of teaching excellence by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017

  • Thomas F. Ferdinand Summer Research Fellowship awarded by the Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rebekah F. Kirby Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2016

  • Eliason Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Summer Research Fellowship (declined) awarded by the Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nannerl Keohane Visiting Professorship Graduate Student Award presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in recognition of substantial scholarly contributions in the areas represented by the visiting Keohane Professor, Susan Lederer
  • Erika Lindemann Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature awarded by the Peer Mentoring Committee in recognition of teaching excellence in literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Future Faculty Fellowship Award, Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2015

  • Engaged Instructor Award for outstanding contributions to professional development awarded by the Writing Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2011-2012

  • Jackson Fellowship awarded by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Powell Graduate Support Fund awarded by the Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Conference Participation


Conferences Convened

2015

  • Boundary: KCL/UNC Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, UNC Conference Convener, King’s College London
  • UNC-King’s College London Nineteenth Century Studies Partnership, Symposium Chair, Chapel Hill, NC

Papers Presented

2018

  • “Thinking with Our Microbes: Human Autonomy and Microbial Agency in Nineteenth Century Fiction,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 2018.
  • “Horizontal Exchange in Health Humanities” as part of the “Possibilities of Public Humanities” roundtable, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New York City, NY

2016

  • “Microbial Allies: Opening up to Microbes in Alice James’s Diary,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Atlanta, GA
  • “The Falls Narrative Study: Writing, Health, and Interdisciplinary Research” with Molly Brewer, Sue Coppola, and Manisha Mishra, Health and Humanities Exchange, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • “The Falls Narrative Study” with Jane F. Thrailkill on “New Formations in the Humanities: International, Transdisciplinary Collaborations” panel, CHCI Annual Meeting, University of London
  • “Two Perspectives: Learning from the Falls Narrative Study as Students in English and Occupational Therapy” with Molly Brewer, CHCI Health Humanities Summer Institute, King’s College London
  • “Imagined Ecologies: Mark Twain and the Human-Microbe Relationship,” European Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Stockholm, Sweden
  • “Health Humanities Interdisciplinary Research: The HHIVE Falls Study,” Critical Juncture Conference, Emory University

2015

  • “Passing Germs: Imagining Interconnectedness through Microbes,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham, NC
  • Respondent, “Across Disciplines: Literature and Science,” Boundary: KCL/UNC Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, King’s College London

2014

  • “From Ether to 23andMe: Learning from Breast Cancer in the Nineteenth Century,” The UNCommon: UNC’s Interdisciplinary Conference for Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Chapel Hill, NC
  • “Race, Gender, and the Medical Underpinnings of W. E. B. Du Bois’s Double Consciousness,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL

2013

  • “Cancer, Mendacity and Containment: Duplicitous Diagnosis in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” College English Association convention, Savannah, GA

2011

  • “Encounters and the Metaphorics of Disease in Aimé Césaire’s Notebook of a Return to the Native Land.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, New Brunswick, NJ
  • “The Race for Hysteria in Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood: Or, the Hidden Self.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville, KY

Campus Talks

2018

  • “Microbe Fictions: Narrating Ecocentrism in Turn of the Century American Literature,” Center for Medicine, Health, and Society Colloquium, Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught


Vanderbilt University
Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Instructor of Record

2018

  • Narratives of Contagion // Contagious Narratives | Graduate seminar that explores the material and narrative effects of epidemics, both real and imagined.
  • Interdisciplinary Writing | Workshop-style graduate seminar aimed at developing academic writing habits in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Health Humanities | 300-level course that trains students to apply the critical reading and analytical practices of humanities to a range of issues and texts related to human health.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of English & Comparative Literature

Instructor of Record

2016

  • Introduction to Fiction: Writing Contagion | 100-level survey of fictional genres that traces narratives of contagion from the Black Death through an imagined zombie apocalypse.
  • Introduction to American Literature: Protest and Dissent | 100-level American Literature survey that traces the historical tradition of protest and dissent from the American Revolution through the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

2012-2017

  • Rhetoric and Composition | 100-level Writing in the Disciplines course that analyzes the rhetorical conventions of academic writing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Teaching Assistant

2017

  • Science as Literature: From Frankenstein to Flu taught by Prof. Jordynn Jack | 600-level graduate/undergraduate course that examines medical controversies and catastrophes from a rhetorical perspective.

2016

  • Health Humanities Research Practice taught by Profs. Jane Thrailkill & Jordynn Jack | 600-level, project-centered graduate/undergraduate course on health humanities research and the phenomenology of aging.

2015

  • Medicine, Literature, and Culture taught by Prof. Matthew Taylor | 200-level Honors course introducing students to the medical and health humanities; gateway course for the Literature, Medicine, and Culture undergraduate minor.

2014

  • Twentieth Century American Literature: California, a State of Social Change taught by Prof. Jennifer Ho | 300-level course about twentieth century American narratives that feature California in the literary imagination.
  • The First World War taught by Prof. Heidi Kim | First Year Seminar that engaged students in hands-on archival research to learn more about the experiences of North Carolinians during World War I.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Medicine

Preceptor

2013-2016

  • Critical Incident Reports Discussion Sessions | Monthly discussions about medical student-written narratives about a scenario that moved them during clerkship.

Advising


Master’s Student Supervision

2018-Present

  • Director, Summer Brown, Vanderbilt University | Thesis: Inform Me about Health with a Memoir
  • Director, Qianhui “Loro” Pi, Vanderbilt University | Thesis: Physician Brain Drain
  • Director, Elsa Young, Vanderbilt University | Practicum Project: Nutrition & Latin American Immigrant Populations
  • Director, Kylie Henne, Vanderbilt University | Non-Thesis Project: Media and Healthcare Environments

University & Professional Service


Vanderbilt University

2018-Present

  • Graduate Curriculum Committee, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. Thesis Seminar, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. Student Advising Oversight Committee, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University
  • Student Advisory Board Committee, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University
  • Student Awards Committee, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2015-2018

  • Faculty Advisory Board, English M.A. Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Carolina Seminar: Health Humanities Task Force, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Co-Convener & Health Humanities Grand Rounds Chair, 2017-2018
    • Graduate Assistant, 2016-2017

2012-2018

  • Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium and Working Group, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Director, 2014-2016

2016-2017

  • Re-envisioning the Humanities Ph.D. Collaboration Sub-Committee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2015-2017

  • Peer Mentoring Committee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2015-2016

  • UNC-King’s College London Nineteenth Century Studies Colloquium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Writing Program Mentor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Duke University

2013-2017

  • Americanist Speaker Series Planning Committee, Duke University
    • Co-Chair, 2013-2016

University of Maryland, College Park

2010-2011

  • Graduate Studies Committee, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Master’s Program Representative, 2010-2011
  • Graduate English Organization Conference Planning Committee, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Conference Planning Committee member, 2010-2011
    • Social Chair, 2010-2011

References


Available upon request