I am originally from a small town in Michigan, and I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in English, in Southern California, at Azusa Pacific University and Chapman University, respectively. I was selected for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program as I began my doctoral work at Baylor University. I graduated with my Ph.D. in English in 2016.
My major area of study at Baylor was nineteenth century American literature. I also took preliminary exams on colonial American literature, twentieth century American literature, and nineteenth century American women’s rhetoric. My dissertation research focused on the relationship between freedom and improvement in the works of Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
My favorite books (in no specific order) are The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton. Peruse my Commonplace Book to see what I’m currently reading or teaching.
When I’m not studying, I enjoy long-distance running, traveling, civic writing, and reading nonfiction narratives.