Welcome to my online portfolio! A bit about me: I received my PhD from Purdue University in May, 2018, and am currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of English at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. In the summer of 2019, I will be the Erikson Scholar in Residence at the Austen Riggs Center working on a project exploring narratives of mental health in colonial America. My ORCID id is: 0000-0003-0704-8229
This site is designed to provide interactive access to my CV, teaching philosophy, teaching materials — including evidence of teaching effectiveness and course evaluations — Research, and more. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me.
My research interests include early American literature, multi-ethnic literature of the United States (MELUS) including Native American literature, narrative medicine, the history of science and medicine, and narratives of illness and disease. I also work on material objects, such as sewing samplers, baskets, and wampum. I am particularly interested in exploring issues of agency and identity, and analyze a variety of discursive texts and objects–ranging from letters and diaries, to medical tracts and sermons, to travel narratives and recipes. At Siena, I teach a variety of classes on topics including: early American literature, science fiction, and rhetoric and social media.
The blog on this site incorporates links to conferences, articles, scholars, and organizations that I follow and/or participate in as well as ideas for teaching materials. In particular, this is where you can find links to press coverage for the Warrior-Scholar Project, an organization assisting veterans to transition from the military to higher education that I worked with for several years.