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- 3-8 - Introduction to Literature
- PhD Candidate, Department of English, University of California at Davis, 2015-present
- Dissertation Title:
- Tudorotica: The Eroticization of the Tudors in Sixteenth-Century England and Beyond.
- Frances Dolan (chair), Gina Bloom, Colin Milburn.
- Dissertation Title:
- BA, English with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, cum laude, University of San Diego, 2015.
- Study Abroad, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Associated with Keble College, Oxford, England, 2014.
My project explores how the eroticization of Tudor queens, including Anne Boleyn, begins in the Tudor period itself (that is, mid-sixteenth century in England), particularly in the letters so central to managing courtships and spreading rumors, but has then persisted across the centuries in a range of popular genres from plays and novels, to tv shows and fanfictions today. While some complain that tv shows like The Tudors are "innacurate," unconnected to the historical Tudors, I argue instead that the eroticization of Tudor queens in popular media today is precisely "historical" in that it uses many of the same methods king Henry VIII himself used to manipulate our perception of these women, including surveillance, sexual coercion, and colorism. We aren't failing to depict the past accurately enough; we're reproducing its sexist and racist logics, even when we also claim to provide more feminist versions of these old stories. Tudorotica invites us to think about how sixteenth-century queens are adapted for different audiences, what happens when fans (including Shakespeare) reimagine history, and what this might mean for analyzing all of these adaptations across centuries and genres as erotic Tudor fanfiction.
- "'You would never have taken her for an Englishwoman': Anne Boleyn and the Politics of Race in 16th Century Europe." Race-ing Queens special issue of The Scholar and the Feminist Online, Guest Edited by Mira Assaf Kafantaris, Treva B. Lindsey, and Sonja Drummer; Afterword by Kim F. Hall. Forthcoming.
- "'I have perused her well': Popular Culture's Hypersexualization of Anne Boleyn." Shakespeare: Between Performance and Appropriation, Edited by Louise Geddes, Kathryn Santos, and Geoffrey Way. Forthcoming.
- "A Seat at the Table." The Sundial, ACMRS Arizona. 15 October 2019.
- Review of Richard Carew, The Examination of Men's Wits, Edited by Rocio G. Sumillera. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 48.1, 2017, 241-42.
SELECT AWARDS AND HONORS
- Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2021-2022.
- Healthy Davis Together Spring Break Grant, UC Davis, 2021.
- UC Davis Instant Award, Undergraduate Education, 2020.
- English Department, Summer Dissertation Funding, 2019, 2020.
- Folger Institute Funding, 2019.
- Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, 2018, 2019.
- English Department, Research & Archival Travel Award, 2019.
- English Department, Summer Funding, 2017, 2018.
- Englund Fellowship, 2015-2016.
- McNair Fellowship, 2015-2016.
RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
Early Modern Literature and Culture, Epistolography, The Tudors in Popular Culture, Queenship, Popular History, Historical Fiction, Adaptations, Media & Fan Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Feminisms, Indigenous & Critical Race Studies, Digital Humanities, Digital & Material Culture, YA Literature, Romance Novels.
- ENL3, Introduction to Literature (Online Course)
- Emphasis on Relationship and Relationality (including romance, race, culture, environment, language, etc.)
- UWP1Y, Introduction to Academic Literacies (Online Course)
- Emphasis on Fan Communities & Research Practices.
- UWP1Y, Introduction to Academic Literacies (Hybrid Course)
- Emphasis on Language Diversity, Fan Communities & Research Practices.
- IEPP, Communication & Culture Program, U.S. Society & Culture
- Emphasis on Contemporary Media & American Popular Culture
- UWP1, Introduction to Academic Literacies
- Emphasis on Language Diversity, Cultural Literacies, Fan Communities, Research Practices.
- ENL3, Introduction to Literature (Online Course)
- Teaching Assistant
- ENL 154: The Graphic Novel, with Professor Colin Milburn.
- ENL 117: Late Shakespeare in Renaissance England, with Associate Professor Tiffany Werth.
- ENL 117: Early Shakespeare and the Theater, with Professor Gina Bloom.
- Research Assistant
- Social Media and Public Outreach Manager, with Professor Frances Dolan, 2020-2021.
- UCD-HBCU SPLASH Program, with Professor Mark Jerng, 2016-2017.
- ModLab, Play the Knave, with Professor Gina Bloom, 2016.
ADVOCACY & PROGRAM BUILDING
- Invited Participant, "Design Workshop for New Academy." ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), 2021-present.
- Program Coordinator, Mentor-Mentee Program in Humanities, Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences, Undergraduate Research Center, 2019-present.
- Advisor, Undergraduate Research Center, 2019-present.
- Attendee, "Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories About Institutions." The Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University. Online Lecture, March 2021.
- Attendee, "So You Want to do ABAR Work?" Liberate and Chill Collective. Webinar, July 2020.
- UndocuAlly Training, UC Davis, June 2020.
- Mentor, Mentor-Mentee Program in Humanities, Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences, Undergraduate Research Center, 2018-2019.
- Graduate Committee, English Department, 2018-2019.
- Co-Chair, English Graduate Student Association, 2018-2019.
- Mentor, English Graduate Student Association, 2017-2019.
- Co-Chair, Women's Caucus, English Graduate Student Association, 2017-2018.
- Recruiter, California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, English Department, 2017.
- Graduate Student Representative, English Graduate Student Association, 2016-2017.
- #ShakeRace Reading Group
- Digital Humanities Research Cluster, UC Davis.
- Book History and Material Culture in the Digital Age, UC Davis.
- Early Modern Research Group, UC Davis.
- McNair Alumni Network, UC Davis.
- USD TRIO McNair Alumni Network, University of San Diego.
- The Tudor Plays Project, University of San Diego.
- Shakespeare Association of America
- Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
CONFERENCES & INVITED PRESENTATIONS
- Panelist, "Faculty-Student Networking." Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference. Undergraduate Research Center, UC Davis, April 2021.
- Invited Participant, "Race-ing & Queering Queens." Shakespeare Association of America. Webinar, April 2021.
- Invited Participant, "Public Shakespeares and New Media Seminar." Shakespeare Association of America. Conference canceled due to COVID-19, seminar conducted virtually via Zoom, April 2020.
- Presenter, "Fan Communities & Research Practices." UWP1 Faculty Development, UC Davis, June 2019.
- Moderator, "Computational Speculations" panel. Futurity Factory: Speculative Media, Science, Technology Symposium, UC Davis, February 2019.
- Panelist, "Social Media, Networking & You." Scholar Symposium, UC Davis, November 2018.
- Session Co-Chair, "Reproducible Bodies: Literary Queenship, Agency, and Cultural Memory." Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency, Milwaukee, WI, June 2018.
- Guest Lecturer, "Early Modern Epistolography: The Material Letter." UC Davis, October 2016.
- Presenter, “Henrician Epistolography and the Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn.” Creative Collaborations Research Presentation, University of San Diego. April 2015.
- Presenter, “’Written by the hand of your servant’: Bodily Inscription in the Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.” Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Conference, University of California at San Diego. August 2014.
- Presenter, “Gift Giving and Hunting in Henrician Epistolography.” McNair Symposium, University of San Diego. August 2014.
- Attendee, THATCamp, Digital Humanities Conference. San Diego State University, October 2014.
- Presenter, “Like a Virgin: Representations of Female Chastity in Elizabethan England.” Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Symposium, Oxford, England. April 2014.
- Presenter, “Virtue and Pleasure: Women in 18th Century Domestic Fiction.” Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Conference, University of California at San Diego. August 2013.
- Attendee, Medieval Association of the Pacific. University of San Diego, March 2013.
INDIGENOUS & CRITICAL RACE STUDIES
- Participant, "Confronting Diversity With/As Scholars of Color." Shakespeare Association of America. Online Workshop, April 2021.
- Attendee, "Why Premodern Critical Race Studies Now?" Featuring Joyce Green MacDonald and Reginald A. Wilburn. Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Webinar, March 2021.
- Attendee, "Activism Beyond the Classroom: Identity, Ideology, and Black Feminist Worldmaking." Featuring Jalessah Jackson. Center for Women and Gender Equity, Co-Sponsored by the School of Cultural and Critical Studies. Bowling Green State University. Webinar, March 2021.
- Attendee, "Complaints, Diversity, and Other Hostile Environments." Featuring Sara Ahmed. Courageous Conversation Speaker Series. Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Calgary. Online Lecture, March 2021.
- Attendee, "Fandom and Race." Fandom + Piracy Mini-Series. The Berkely Center for New Media. Webinar, March 2021.
- Attendee, "Shakespeare, Race, and Pedagogy." Organized by Wendy Lennon in association with Shakespeare Survey and Elements in Shakespeare and Pedagogy. Webinar, February 2021.
- Attendee, RaceB4Race: Education. ACMRS, ASU. Webinar, January 2021.
- Attendee, "Global Medievalism into Afrofuturism: A Dialogue with Nnedi Okorafor." ACMRS, ASU. Webinar, October 2020.
- Attendee, "Shakespeare and Indigeneity." Featuring Scott Stevens, Natalie Diaz, and Madeline Sayet. ACMRS, ASU. Webinar, October 2020.
- Attendee, "Fantasies of Whiteness and Colonial Violence in the Anglo-Portuguese Match of 1662." Featuring Mira Kafantaris. The Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard. Webinar, September 2020.
- Attendee, "Teaching in the Wake of Racial Violence." Featuring Carol Anderson, Ayanna Thompson, and Mako Ward. ASU Institute for Humanities Research. Webinar, August 2020.
- Attendee, "Race and Disability in Shakespeare's Othello." Featuring Justin Shaw. American Shakespeare Center. Webinar, August 2020.
- Attendee, "Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare, Race, and Visions of Freedom in the African Diaspora." Featuring Kim Hall. The National Humanities Center. Webinar, August 2020.
- Attendee, "Teaching Anti-Racism Through Shakespeare." Featuring Ayanna Thompson & Laura Turchi. Birkbeck College, London. Webinar, August 2020.
- Attendee, "Raceb4Race Rountable: To Protect and Serve." Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU. Webinar, July 2020.
- Attendee, "Critical Race Conversations: The Sound of Whiteness, or Teaching Shakespeare's Other Race Plays." Featuring David Sterling Brown and Jennifer Stoever. The Folger Library. Webinar, July 2020.
- Attendee, "Critical Race Conversations: Cultivating an Anti-Racist Pedagogy." Featuring Ambereen Dadabhoy and Nedda Mehdizadeh. The Folger Library. Webinar, July 2020.
- Attendee, "The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point." Featuring Angela Davis, Herman Gray, Gaye Theresa Johnson, Robin D. G. Kelley, and Josh Kun. UCHRI. Webinar, June 2020.
- Attendee, "Our Land, Our Home: Palestinian and Hawaiian Responses to Annexation." Zoom, June 2020.
- Participant, "Hood Herbalism: Street Medic Herbal Skillshare." Hood Herbalism. Webinar, May 2020.
- Attendee, "Reclaiming Intuition by Decolonizing Minds" by Dr. Rosales Meza. Webinar, May 2020.
- Attendee, "Race Before Race 3: Appropriations." Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU, January 2020.
- Attendee, "Race Before Race 2: Race and Periodization." Washington, D.C., September 2019.
- Event Organizer & Facilitator, "After #RaceB4Race." UC Davis, February 2019.
- Attendee, "Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium." ComicCon International, San Diego, July 2018.
- Tamazight (In Progress)