I am a Ph.D. candidate in English with a concentration in Writing History and Theory (WHiT) at Case Western Reserve University. My research focuses on the sometimes contradictory subjectivities that are required by the biopolitical state from the early twentieth century to the present moment. My dissertation, Uncomfortable Subjects: Bioaffective Attachments, Aesthetic Remainders, and the Making of a Physician, attends to the paradoxical subject position that physicians come to occupy through medical training, and the aesthetic products that they produce during their education in order to affectively (as in emotionally and psychologically) accommodate that subjectivity. My work falls at the intersections of literary studies, the rhetoric of health and medicine, and the medical humanities. During the 2018-19 academic year, I will be teaching Introduction to Creative Writing (Summer 2018), and my Rendering Life Itself in Literature, BioArt, and Scientific Data SAGES seminar (Fall 2018). I was awarded an Adrian-Salomon Dissertation Fellowship, and as a result, I will be on Fellowship during the Spring of 2019. During my time at CWRU, I have previously designed and taught a writing intensive course on medical memoir in CWRU’s WAC program, SAGES, and I had the opportunity to update and teach a course on Writing for the Health Professions for the English Department. I have previously taught Technical Writing for Engineers, and developmental writing courses while working in the Writing Resource Center as well.
In the 2018-19 academic year, I will serve as the Vice President of the Graduate Council of Arts and Sciences (GCAS). I have previously served as the President of the English Graduate Student Association (2017-18), the Communications Chair for the Graduate Society of Medical Humanities (2016-18), and at the University level, I was a member of the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy Committee (2018). At the Departmental level, I have served on the English Department Colloquium Committee, the Sharnoff Poetry Committee, and as a representative on the Undergraduate Studies Committee. I have led two semester-long reading groups for graduate students on Marxist Theory, and Affect Theory as well. In addition, I am also the creator of the Chopin in the Century website, a digital archive of Kate Chopin’s short fiction published in The Century magazine. I hold an M.A. in Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in English from Lourdes University.