Ph.D, English, Minor in American Indian Studies, Certificate in Criticism and Interpretative Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anticipated May 2026, GPA: 4.0
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
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Instructor of Record for Rhetoric 105: Writing and Research, Urbana, IL, August 2020 – present
‘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
“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.
“Returning Home: Oral Storytelling as a Transnational Aesthetic in the Industrial Novel.” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class. London: Routledge, 2021. Accepted for publication.
Hope at Sea: Possible Ecologies in Oceanic Literature by Teresa Shewry (review). The Contemporary Pacific 31, no. 2 (2019): 583-586. doi: 10.1353/cp.2019.0040.
“Unsettling Forms: Weaving a Literary Lei of Resistance in Nineteenth Century Hawai’i” (“Exotic Blossoms of Song”: Reorganizing Colonized Worlds through Hybrid Forms panel chaired by Meredith Martin, Princeton). North American Victorian Studies Association 2020 Conference, Unsettling Victorians, 12-14 November 2020, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Accepted Conference Presentation.
“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. *Cancelled due to COVID-19
“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.
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
Roxanne J. Decyk Fellowship for women studying British literature (UIUC English Department)
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
Copyeditor, Usher, Nikki. News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism. New York: Columbia University Press, Forthcoming June 2021
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
Colloquia Committee Member, EGSA, English Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, English Department, January – December 2020
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