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I am interested in how ecological transformation during the early modern period can help us better understand the legacies of colonialism and the construction of difference, especially as we read early modern English literary texts from the perspective of the present. By attending to how land is represented in early modern English literature, I aim to make subtexts of expropriation, appropriation, and subjugations text, beyond the well-worn and well-studied depictions geographical or racial difference. I am currently finishing my dissertation, and I am in my 7th year of my doctorate program.
My dissertation-- Making Land, Making People: Rhetorics of Value and Improvement in Early Modern Literature-- centers on early modern English conceptions of land use and agriculture and explores the imbrications of sixteenth and seventeenth century poetry and agricultural treatises and how these texts share investments, reflections, and representations of emerging agrarian capitalism and colonialism.
PhD, English, University of California, Davis (Davis, CA), in Progress
M.A., English, University of Delaware (Newark, DE), May 2013
B.A., English (minors in Economics and Biological Anthropology and Anatomy), Duke University (Durham, NC), May 2010
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2018-2019 Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinksi Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship
2016 Summer Fellowship, HArCS Graduate Humanities Research, University of California, Davis
2014 Summer Fellowship, Mellon Initiative for Early Modern Studies, University of California, Davis
AWARDS AND HONORS
2010 Graduation with Highest Distinction in English, Duke University
Senior Honors Thesis: “The Form and Function of Melancholy in Shakespearean Drama”
SELECTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
2019 “Prospero’s Masque and the Forms of Colonial Land Possession in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.” Seminar: “Shakespeare’s Forms.” Shakespeare Association of America. 17-20 April.
2017 “The Seventeenth Century Country House Poem and Legal-Scientific Constructions of Property and Possession in Early Modern England.” Conference Presentation. Marxist Literary Group Conference. 24-28 June.
2017 “Land, History and the Stuff of National Fiction in Shakespeare’s Richard II.” Conference Presentation. Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Graduate Student Conference. Chicago, IL. 26-28 January.
SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2018, Instructor, English 10A, University of California, Davis (1 section)
2016-2017, Instructor, English 3, University of California, Davis (5 sections)
2014-2016, Instructor, University Writing Program 1, University of California, Davis (6 sections)
Spring 2014, Teaching Assistant, English 117: Shakespeare, University of California, Davis
Winter 2014, Teaching Assistant, English 117: Shakespeare, University of California, Davis
Fall 2013, Teaching Assistant, English 150A: Drama Before 1800, University of California, Davis
2012-2013 Instructor, English 110: Critical Reading and Writing, University of Delaware