About

I'm a PhD Candidate and an Elizabeth Arendall Tilney and Schuyler Merritt Tilney Jefferson Fellow at the Univeristy of Virginia. I earned my Bachelor's degree from the University of Exeter (first class honours), and my Master's degree from New York University.

My dissertation examines the relationship between literature :book: and politics :classical_building:. I'm looking at a set of writers from the Black Atlantic, China, and India who constructed anti-imperial ideas by reinventing artistic and social strategies from a late-Victorian movement called Decadence. I will present an abridged version of my first chapter at the 2022 MLA Convention.

My work builds on my primary research interests in global Anglophone literature (especially in the long nineteenth century), Digital Humanities, Poetry, and Postcolonialism. Two of my research articles are currently under review (one examining Decadent Symbolist poetics, and the other examining subaltern muteness in the Victorian novel). I also have an interest in Writing and Composition Studies, particularly in the areas of digital media and digital writing, and have published about some of my teaching in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Elsewhere, I have presented papers at the Victorians Institute (2019), the CUNY Graduate Conference (2017), the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (2015), and The Undergraduate Awards (2014). I am also a Lead Developer for the Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom project, where I am building a peer-reviewed teaching pathway about the racial inflections of the dramatic monologue. In the meantime, I co-direct the Teaching Writing and Anti-Racism in the ENWR 1510 Classroom project at UVA, and work as a Researcher for the Teaching Hard Literature project at UVA's Center for Liberal Arts & the Southern Poverty Law Center. I have also co-chaired my department's graduate conference (2020).

Complementing my work in academia, I have volunteered as a Reader and Respondent for The Women's Intitiative's Challenge into Change Writing Competition (2020), organized two Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons (2019, 2020), and have continued to contribute my time to the Programs arm of the Amadou Diallo Foundation.