University of Pennsylvania

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Software Engineer (web infrastructure monitoring, performance, and analytics), 2013–2015


  • Ph.D. in English, Yale University, 2022
  • M.St. in English and American Studies, University of Oxford, 2012
  • A.B. in English and Creative Writing, Princeton University, 2011



In Progress

  • Minor Theories of Everything: On Popular Science and Contemporary Fiction (preparing book manuscript)
  • “Escape Velocity: Black Scientists and Life Writing in Outer Space” (preparing article for submission to a special issue of MELUS on “Black Speculation / Black Futures”)
  • “Inventing Rape Ecology: Octavia E. Butler and the Sociobiology of Sexual Violence” (revising article for resubmission to PMLA)
  • “Nothing but Mammals: Feminism, Pornography, and Sociobiology” (preparing article for submission)
  • “Elegiac Macrofauna: Mourning Large Animals in North America” (preparing article for submission)
  • review of Rebecca B. Clark, American Graphic: Disgust and Data in Contemporary Literature (Stanford University Press, 2022) (preparing review for Novel: A Forum on Fiction)


  • Co-Editor, “Emerging Scholars: The 2024 Post45 Prize Essays,” special issue of Post45, forthcoming in late 2024/early 2025


    COMM 3012: Media, Adulthood, and Aging in Modern America (Spring 2024)


    University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication


    This seminar course examines how mass media reflect and resist norms of adulthood and aging. Frequently defined as an endpoint – a biological inevitability, a completion of development, an achievement...

    COMM 3011: Media, Medicine, and the Arts of Mortality (Fall 2023)


    University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication

    Philadelphia, PA

    This seminar explores how death has shaped and been shaped by modern communication, healthcare, and the arts. We’ll examine the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of mortality in film, television, journalism,...

    ENGL 260 / HUMS 222: Science and Narrative (Spring 2021)

    Junior Seminar

    Yale University, Departments of English and Humanities

    New Haven, CT and online

    This seminar considers productive collaborations and exchanges between literature and the sciences since the middle of the 20th century. Through readings in science fiction (broadly conceived), popular science writing, and...

    ENGL 114: Communicating Pain (Spring 2019)

    First-Year Writing Seminar

    Yale University, Department of English

    New Haven, CT

    Why is physical pain so difficult to communicate? What kinds of pain—and which bodies in pain—tend to receive priority over others? Given the challenges of perceiving the suffering of other...

    ENGL 114: Communicating Pain (Fall 2018)

    First-Year Writing Seminar

    Yale University, Department of English

    New Haven, CT

    Why is physical pain so difficult to communicate? What kinds of pain—and which bodies in pain—tend to receive priority over others? Given the challenges of perceiving the suffering of other...

    ENGL 201: Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies (Spring 2018)

    Teaching Fellow (lecture course)

    Yale University, Department of English

    New Haven, CT

    A study of Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, focusing on attentive reading of the play texts and consideration of the theatrical, literary, intellectual, political, and social worlds in which the plays...

    ENGL 188 / FMS 210: Philosophy of Digital Media (Fall 2017)

    Teaching Fellow (lecture course)

    Yale University, Departments of English and Film and Media Studies

    New Haven, CT

    Discussion of fundamental and theoretical questions regarding media, culture, and society; the consequences of a computerized age; what is new in new media; and digital media from both philosophical and...

Awards and Honors

Fellowships and Grants

  • First Book Institute Fellowship (FBI 12), Center for American Literary Studies, Penn State, June 2024.
  • Open Access Award, Open Library of Humanities (grant supporting the inaugural Post45 Essay Prizes for Emerging and Contingent Scholars), 2023
  • Mellon Seminar Research Fellowship, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, 2023–2024
  • Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity, University of Pennsylvania, 2022–2025
  • Society of Fellows (declined), University of Southern California, 2022–2024
  • Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), 2021–2022
  • Mellon Summer Writing-in-Residence Dissertation Working Group, Yale GSAS, 2019
  • Research Grant, Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies (FLAGS), Yale LGBT Studies Program, 2018 and 2019
  • Research Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Summer 2018


  • L.S. Dembo Prize for best essay published in Contemporary Literature, 2020
  • Departmental Prize for Best Essay Accepted for Publication, Yale English, 2020
  • Departmental Prize for Excellence in Coursework, Yale English (best graduate student essay), 2016
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 2011

Technologies, Tools, and Skills

  • Programming Languages: Python, PHP, Go, Java, Ruby, JS
  • Full Stack Web Development: React, Django, Pyramid, Rails, WordPress, Amazon Web Services, Gatsby, TailwindCSS
  • Software Engineering and Collaboration: git/GitHub, continuous integration, pair programming, test-driven development
  • Other: DevOps, server monitoring and management, technical support

Professional Experience and Service


  • Post45 (open-access, peer-reviewed journal)
    • Co-Editor, 2023–present
    • Prize Committee, Inaugural Post45 Essay Prizes, 2023–2024
    • Managing Editor, 2020–2023
    • Associate Editor and Web Developer, 2018–2019
  • Peer Reviewer, Twentieth Century Literature, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

Organizing and Convening

Service and Leadership

  • Post45 (organization)
    • Technology and Open Access Officer (elected), 2023–present
    • Board Member (elected), 2022–present
    • Graduate Steering Committee (elected), 2018–2020
  • Volunteer, Chat with an Editor, Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), MLA 2024
  • Member, Yale English Anti-Racist Pedagogy Working Group, 2020–2022
  • Research Assistant, Amy Hungerford, 2017–2020

Additional Training

  • Advanced Oral History Institute, Oral History Center, UC Berkeley Bancroft Library (online), August 2023
  • Our SHARED Future: Science, Humanities, Arts, Research Ethics, and Deliberation, Jason Robert and Erica O’Neil, NEH Summer Institute, ASU Center for Biology and Society, June-July 2023
  • Oral History Training Institute, David J. Caruso, Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA (online), May 2023
  • Literary Biography: Archives and Life Stories, Karin Roffman, Beinecke Library Master Class, Yale University, May 2019
  • Challenges of Media Anthropology, Lorenz Engell and Thomas Y. Levin, Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, IKKM, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany, June 2017
  • Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements, Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, June 2016