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, “Internal Medicine: 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 theoretical investments include biopolitics and affect theory, and my work falls at the intersections of literary studies, the rhetoric of health and medicine, and the medical humanities.
During the 2017-18 academic year, I will be teaching two university seminars I designed titled “Internal Medicine: Memoir, Medical Education, and the Making of a Physician” (Summer 2017) and “Rendering Life Itself in Literature, BioArt, and Scientific Data” (Fall 2017). In Spring of 2018 I will be teaching Writing for the Health Professions, and in the summer of 2018 I will be teaching Introduction to Creative Writing.
During the 2017-18 academic year, I will also serve as the President of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA), and the Communications Chair for the Graduate Society of Medical Humanities, an organization of which I am a co-founding member. In Spring of 2018 I will be serving as the graduate representative for the College of Arts & Sciences on the CWRU Sexual Misconduct Policy Committee (Title IX) to review and update the existing University policy. 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.