I am an English PhD Candidate and a 2019-2020 Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellow at the University of Connecticut. I completed my MA in English at Trinity College (Hartford) and my BA in English and Spanish at Worcester State University. Please use she/her pronouns when referring to me.  

While at the UConn Humanities Institute, I will be completing my dissertation, “Writing National Tragedy: Race & Disability in Contemporary U.S. Literature & Culture,” in which I look at how US mourning practices are used to uphold ableist white supremacy.  You can read more about the dissertation here.

I’m also at work on a digital project examining the growing genre of school shooting fiction. I’ve 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 I am on a research fellowship for this academic year and won’t be in the classroom, I’m working with students to try out new teaching ideas. I recently finished my fifth summer teaching for Rising Scholars, a residential summer program for high school students in foster care. 

Outside of higher ed., I like to spend time playing games, re-embracing a love for reading with new-to-me fantasy & YA series, and eating serious amounts of chips. I also have a cat named Bellatrix (less Death Eater, more Bonham Carter) who is a big fan of walking across keyboards and contributing to my work.

Here, my black cat Bellatrix lays next to my computer monitor on my desk with her back to the camera. She is wearing a yellow collar.
Bella is great at work-life balance. She naps while I work.