I joined the English Department at Siena College in Fall 2019. I received my Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston University, where I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing. My research and teaching focus on Victorian literature, music, the history of science, and gender, sexuality, and queer studies. My current book project, Sounding Bodies: Music and Physiology in Victorian Literature, shows how nineteenth-century understandings of music's effects on the body fundamentally transformed how the Victorians thought and wrote about corporeal experiences of pleasure, desire, and intimacy. I am also a classically trained clarinetist.
|Ph.D.||English Literature||Boston University|
|M.A.||English Literature||Boston University|
|A.B.||English and Music||Dartmouth College|
My Siena Experience
My Teaching Philosophy
I am passionate about teaching across disciplines and working with students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. I have taught courses on topics ranging from nineteenth-century literature and science to the history of the novel, contemporary global fiction, bohemian art movements, and music, gender, and social change. In all of my classes, I strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which students listen as well as speak and write; engage with a variety of genres and media; embrace challenging conversations about gender, sexuality, race, and class; and explore ways to turn theoretical inquiry into activist practice.
My Professional Experience
Articles & Book Reviews
- 'Vibrating through all its breadth:' Musical Fiction and Materialist Aesthetics in The Strand Musical Magazine
Victorian Periodicals Review
- A Claim in 140 Characters: Live-Tweeting in the Composition Classroom
Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
- Alternative Corporealities in 'June Recital:' Eudora Welty's Queering of Virgie Rainey and Miss Eckhart.
Eudora Welty Review
- Hearing, Sensing, Feeling Sound: On Music and Physiology in Victorian England, 1857-1904
- Performing Power: Female Musicianship and Embodied Artistry in Bertha Thomas's The Violin-Player
Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
Awards & Distinctions
- Huntington Library Short-Term Research Fellowship
Huntington Library, 2018
- Outstanding Teaching Fellow
Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2018
- Honorable Mention, Walter L. Arnstein Prize
Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2017
- Rosemary T. VanArsdel Prize
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2017
- Senior Teaching Fellowship
Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, 2017
- Honorable Mention, William and Mary Burgan Prize
Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2015
- Audible Collaborations: Podcasts and Peer Review in the Undergraduate Classroom
Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois
- Feminist Science Theory in the Victorian Studies Classroom
North American Victorian Studies Association, Columbus, Ohio
- Performance, Protest, Pedagogy: Classical Music and Intersectional Politics
National Women's Studies Association, San Francisco, California
- Ghostly Music and Hearing Outward in John Meade Falkner and Vernon Lee
North American Victorian Studies Association, St. Petersburg, Florida
- Preserving Sound, Preserving Desire: Music, Homoeroticism, and the 'Earworm' in 'A Wicked Voice.'
North American Victorian Studies Association, Banff, Canada
- Sounding Bodies: Music, Corporeality, and Female Performance in Mary Augusta Ward's Robert Elsmere.
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The Female Violinist in Victorian Fiction: Bertha Thomas's The Violin-Player and E.M. Francis's The Duenna of a Genius.
Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Birmingham, United Kingdom
- 'Regardless of the visible world:' Thomas Hardy, Acoustical Theory, and Queer Sonic Communities
North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, Arizona
- 'Voices no less than...shapes and colours:' Acoustical Power in Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native and Under the Greenwood Tree
Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Iowa City, Iowa
- Musicality and Corporeality in Vernon Lee's 'A Wicked Voice'
British Women Writers Conference, New York, New York