Hayley is a literary studies scholar and digital humanist. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Connecticut, where she was also the 2019-2020 Humanities Institute Dissertation Research Fellow. She completed her MA in English at Trinity College (Hartford) and BA in English and Spanish at Worcester State University.
While at the UConn Humanities Institute, she completed her dissertation, Writing National Tragedy: Race & Disability in Contemporary U.S. Literature & Culture, in which she looks at how US mourning practices are used to uphold ableist white supremacy. You can read more about the dissertation here.
She also runs and develops The School Shooting Fiction Archive, a digital humanities project examining the growing genre of school shooting fiction that argues we should be more critical about how we talk about disability and race in gun violence. She has shared some initial work from the project at conferences for the American Literature Association, Children’s Literature Association, and the Northeast Modern Language Association. Check out some early data analyses from those presentations here.
Although recently outside of the classroom on a research fellowship, Hayley works with students to try out new teaching ideas. In addition to workshopping new syllabi and course design on first-year composition, critical race theory & disability studies in the digital humanities, and American studies, she works closely year-round with the Rising Scholars Program, a residential summer program for high school students in foster care.
Outside of higher ed., Hayley is diving into reading more fantasy & YA series, training for a 5k, and eating serious amounts of chips. She also has a cat named Bellatrix (less after the Death Eater, more Bonham Carter) who is a big fan of walking across keyboards and contributing to her work.