I received a B.A. in English and Psychology from the University of Alabama, summa cum laude, with minors in Italian and Educational Studies. My English Honors Thesis was on Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft’s use of history, particularly allusions to ancient Rome, in their feminist writings.

At UIUC, my research has focused on gender and sexuality in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century British literature. My dissertation analyzes singleness, asexuality, and celibacy in women’s writing. I have also worked as a co-investigator on two pedagogical research projects. For more details on my research and future plans, as well as links to my publications, see the “Research” tab.

I am passionate about working with students in a variety of settings. I have experience teaching large lecture courses, small discussion sections, literature courses for majors and general education students, and first-year composition. I also have experience planning and leading study abroad programs. See “Teaching” for more info, including my portfolio.

When not working, I enjoy traveling, reading, and baking.