Academics

Below you will find everything from my research interests to a background of my academic career. For a more detailed account of my past accomplishments and positions of employment both inside and outside of academia, visit the page describing my Past Employment. You can download a copy of my CV here.

Research Interests

  • Epic Poetry
  • History of Science
  • Epicurean Philosophy
  • Hermetic and Esoteric Philosophy

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Rice University, expected May 2019
Research Interests: Renaissance literature, science and literature, Epicurean philosophy

Master of Arts in English, University of Massachusetts Boston, June 2013
Thesis: “Feminine Endings: Female Onanism and Self-Injury in The Faerie Queene

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Mississippi, May 2010
Minor: Art/Graphic Design, coursework in journalism

Teaching Experience

As Instructor of Record

  • English 210: Major British Writers: Chaucer to 1800, Rice University, Fall 2017.
  • English 262G: The Art of Literature, University of Massachusetts Boston, Fall 2012.
  • English 262G: The Art of Literature, University of Massachusetts Boston, Spring 2013.

As Teaching Assistant

  • FWIS 117: Art in Place and Places for Art (Instructor of Record: Nonya Grenader); Rice University, Fall 2017.
  • ENGL 321: Love, Sex, and Death in the Renaissance (Instructor of Record: Joseph Campana); Rice University, Fall 2015.
  • ENGL 300: Practices of Literary Study (Instructor of Record: Rosemary Hennessey), Rice University, Spring 2016.
  • ENGL 406: American Realism (Instructor of Record: Betsy Klimasmith), University of Massachusetts Boston, Spring 2012.
  • ENGL 293: Literature and Human Rights (Instructor of Record: Rajini Srikanth), University of Massachusetts Boston, Fall 2011.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Alchemical Tinctures and the Secret Soul in Paradise Lost.” Shakespeare Association of America. Los Angeles, CA. March 28–31, 2018.

“‘One Flesh, One Heart, One Soul’: Flesh, Desire, and Materialist Wandering in Paradise Lost.The Way of All Flesh. CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. April 8, 2016.

“‘His will though free, Yet Mutable’: Materialist Wandering and the Lucretian Model of Desire in Milton’s Paradise Lost.” EcoMaterialisms: Organizing Life and Matter. University of California Irvine. Irvine, CA. May 15, 2015.

“The ‘best man’ for the job: Bodies and gendered justice borders in The Faerie Queene.” Clash Zones: Identities in (R)evolution. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA. April 5–6, 2013.

“The Pains of Allegory: Tracing Trauma in Courtly Elizabethan Discourse.” Interdisciplinary Approaches to Historical Inquiry. History Graduate Student Association at University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, MA. March 9, 2013.

“Thinking and Linking: Teaching with Hypertext.” Co-presented with Professor Alex Mueller. Center for Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Conference. University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, MA. May 10, 2012.

“The Queerest of Them All: Cutting and Female Self-Injury in Spenser’s Knight of Chastity.” Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces. University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA. March 31, 2012.

Invited Presentations

Panelist for Roundtable on Interdisciplinary Research Methods. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Historical Inquiry. History Graduate Student Association at University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, MA. March 9, 2013.

Recent Academic Service

Secretary, Humanities Graduate Student Association. Rice University, July 2016–Present.

Media/Communications Officer, Department of English Graduate Student Symposium, Rice University, Fall 2016–Spring 2017.

Graduate Student Representative, Department of English. Rice University, June 2015–July 2016.

Selected Honors and Awards

Doctoral Fellowship, Department of English, Rice University. Fall 2014–Present ($21,500).

Graduate Fellowship, Rice Seminar: Forgery and the Ancient: Art, Agency, and Authorship, Rice University. Fall 2017–Spring 2019 ($5,000).

Diana Hobby Editorial Fellowship, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1800, Rice University. May 2015–Present ($9,000).

Teaching Assistantship – First-Year Writing Intesive Seminar, Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communications, Rice University. Fall 2017 ($3,000).

First Prize – Fondren Library Research Award, Friends of Fondren Library, Rice University. January 2017 ($500).

Floyd L. Moreland Scholarship, Friends of the Latin/Greek Institute, City University of New York. June–August 2016 ($1,200).

Competitive Summer Research Funding; Dean of Humanities, Humanities Research Center, and Department of English, Rice University. Summer 2016 ($6,975).

Communications Assistantship, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, University of Massachusetts Boston. Fall 2012–Spring 2013 ($8,000).

Teaching Assistantships, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Boston. Fall 2011–Spring 2013 ($12,000).

Special Projects

Summer Latin Institute. City University of New York Latin/Greek Institute. Brooklyn College, The Graduate Center, June–August 2016.

“Robinson Crusoe and the World of Real Voyages of Exploration.” The Imaginative Worlds of Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and the Early Novel. Central Library, Copley Square (Rare Books Room), February 25–August 30, 2013.

Researched William P. Trent Collection of Defoeana at Boston Public Library’s Rare Book and Manuscript Department. Independent research in spring 2012 semester culminated in original bookcase display (above).

Researched with special privileges Book of Hours for Paris Use (MS M. 179) in Sherman Fairchild Reading Room at Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, NY.

Researched Rice University Archives at Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center. Independent research in fall 2015 semester culminated in original research plan.

Related Experience

Copyeditor – Diana Hobby Editorial Fellow
SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1800 academic journal, May 2015–Present.

Academic Admissions and Writing Coach
Self-employed Freelance, May 2013–Present.

Interim Development Communications Coordinator
Harvard Law School – Alumni Center, August–November 2013.

Copyeditor, Communications Writer, Graphic Designer
University of Massachusetts Boston – Research and Sponsored Programs, April 2012–May 2013.

Copyeditor, Graphic Designer
The Sun Herald – Production Desk (Biloxi, MS), June 2010–September 2011.

Tutor in Literature and Political Science
University of Mississippi – Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support, August 2009–May 2010.

Writer, Columnist
Oxford Town – Arts & Life (Oxford, MS), August 2009–June 2010.

Download my curriculum vitae here.

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