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Visiting Assistant Professor of English


Ph.D. University of Mississippi 2020

MA Florida Gulf Coast University 2014

BA Florida Gulf Coast University 2012


ENGL 170: Multicultural Literature

ENGL 133: Crime and Punishment

ENGL 233: American Drama 1940-Present

ENGL 352: American Literature After 1865

ENGL 325: Thinking Queer / Reading Queer

ENGL 354: American Literature Since 1945


Weixlmann Prize, Mention of Honor, Best Essay in 20th and 21st Century African American

Literature and Culture, African American Review, 2020

American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2019


“‘Envisioning the future, remembering the past’: A Neo-Abolitionist Reading of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Fucking AAfrican American Review, Volume 53, Issue 1 (2020)

“Redefining Our Futures: Recent Abolitionist Poetic Practice.” forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review

Professional and Personal:

I teach courses in American literature with specializations in multicultural, African American, and queer literatures. My courses aim to have students examine the relationship between literature and justice. I encourage students to engage in critical and creative thinking to trace how writers depict and resist injustice with particular attention to theories of gender, race, and class identities.

My research primarily focuses on the relationship between contemporary literature and mass incarceration in the United States. I examine poets, novelists, and playwrights from this era to reveal a rich literary tradition of resistance to incarceration and state violence. These writers radically imagine alternatives to policing, prisons, and violence

When I am not teaching and researching, I spend my time with my partner, Kate, and our pets, a Blue Heeler named Bert and a cat named Bamber. We like to explore local parks and thrift stores, garden, and participate in social justice organizations.