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EDUCATION
Ph.D, English, Certificate in Criticism and Interpretative Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anticipated May 2025, GPA: n/a

MA, English, Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, May 2019, GPA: 4.0

BA, English, University of Maryland, College Park, May 2016

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

‘Iolani Schools, Summer School Teacher, 6th-8th grade, Honolulu, HI, Summer 2019

University of Hawai ‘i at Mānoa, Athletics Mentor, Honolulu, HI, August 2018 – Present

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Mentor/TA for English 100: Composition I, Honolulu, HI, August 2017 – Present

Camp Nock-a-Mixon, Theatre Director/Counselor, Kintnersville, PA, June 18 – August 15, 2015 & 2016

Kaplan, Inc., SAT Classroom Instructor, Southern Maryland, June 2015 – August 2016

University of Maryland Writing Internship, Teaching Assistant for English 101: Academic Writing, College Park, MD, January 2015 – May 2015

MASTERS THESIS
“The Stories We Tell: The Construction of Empire through Oral Storytelling in Mary Barton”
Synopsis: An exploration of the ways in which early Victorian novels constructed empire through oral storytelling using indigenous theories of hybridity, storytelling, and silence. Thomas King, a Cherokee scholar who studies Indigenous narrative histories, has claimed that “the truth about stories is that that’s all we are.”  In the same way, through rhetoric and through intentional, systemic changes, colonized spaces were shaped by the stories perpetuated in England. For the reader of the first half of the nineteenth century, the truth about stories is that that’s all empire was. Advisor: Dr. Anna Feuerstein.

PUBLICATIONS
Review of Hope at Sea: Possible Ecologies in Oceanic Literature. The Contemporary Pacific. Accepted for Fall 2019.

CONFERENCE PAPERS
“A System of Truth and Lies in Gould’s Book of Fish or, Embedded Adaptations in a Mysterious World.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, 18-21 March 2020, Orlando Marriott Airport Lakeside, Orlando, FL. Accepted Conference Presentation.

“Returning Home: Oral Storytelling as a Transnational Aesthetic in the Industrial Novel.” The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States 2019 Conference, Victorian Stakes and Stakeholders, 7-10 November 2019, Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA.

“Habit, Self-Efficacy, and Collaboration beyond the Classroom.” Council of Writing Program Administrators 2019 Conference, More Seats at the Table: Radical Inclusion in Writing Programs, 21-28 July 2019, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD. Accepted Conference Presentation.

Joint presentation with Sarah Allen, Kelly McDermott, and Tani Loo. “Making the Self at Home: Guided Self-Efficacy toward Community Engagement in Mentored First-Year Writing Classrooms.” 3rd Annual UH System First-Year Writing Symposium, 2 March 2019, Hawai‘i Convention Center, Honolulu, HI.

“Spirit Wisdom: Disrupting the Discourse of Difference in Haggard’s When the World Shook.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, 13-16 March 2019, Orlando Marriott Airport Lakeside, Orlando, FL.

“Strange New Worlds: Science Fiction, Empire, and Mythologies of Extinction and Survival.” Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene International Conference, 3-5 October 2018, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Joint presentation with Sarah Allen, Matt Ito, and Jordan Luz. “Mentoring First Year Writers: Supporting the Development of the Student Writer.” 2nd Annual UH System First-Year Writing Symposium, 7 April 2018, University of Hawai’i—West O’ahu, Kapolei, HI.

“The Stories We Tell: The Construction of Empire through Oral Storytelling in Mary Barton.” 22nd LLL Graduate Conference, 7 April 2018, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Imperial/Colonial influences on Victorian literature
Indigenous methodology and theory
Science Fiction and British imperialism
Indigenous literatures in Australia and the Pacific
Mythologies of race
Intersections of gender, class, and race in the colonies

HONORS
LLL Special Fund for Graduate Students Travel Award
McCutcheon Endowed Scholarship 2017
University of Maryland English Honors Program
Member Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society
Member Tau Sigma Honors Society
Dean’s List University of Maryland 2014-2016
Dean’s List Kent State University 2012

EDITING EXPERIENCE
Editor, Ka Leo O Hawai’i, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, June 2017 – May 2018

Associate Editor, Frontline Medical Communications, Gaithersburg, MD, February – July 2017

Editor, Life Before Last by Martha Bianchi Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s niece, Accepted for academic publication, Supervisor: Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland, College Park

Copyeditor, Your Reign Begins Training Program

Ghostwriter/Editor, Unreallogical, Hay House and Balboa Press, 2017

Copyeditor, Remarkable Courage, Tag Publishing, 2013

Copyeditor, Break Through It: The Network Marketer’s Manual to Overcoming Obstacles, Business Development Manual, Cheslow Consulting Group

ACADEMIC SERVICE
Organizing Committee Member, Chaminade University, Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) ’19 Annual Conference, August 2018–June 2019

MA Representative, Policy Committee, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa English Department, August 2017–May 2019

Panel Moderator, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, East-West Center 17th International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) – Asia/Pacific, February 15-17, 2018

MA Representative, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, English Department Policy Committee, Fall 2017

Volunteer, Georgetown University, Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA) Annual Conference, April 2017

Coordinator, Sigma Tau Delta/UMD English Department Career Event, May 6, 2016

President, Sigma Tau Delta, University of Maryland Chapter, 2015-2016 Academic Year

Vice-President, Sigma Tau Delta, University of Maryland Chapter, 2015 Spring Semester