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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. 

Degree Program University
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
    2018
  • A Claim in 140 Characters: Live-Tweeting in the Composition Classroom
    Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
    2018
  • Alternative Corporealities in 'June Recital:' Eudora Welty's Queering of Virgie Rainey and Miss Eckhart.
    Eudora Welty Review
    2018
  • Hearing, Sensing, Feeling Sound: On Music and Physiology in Victorian England, 1857-1904
    BRANCH
    2018
  • Performing Power: Female Musicianship and Embodied Artistry in Bertha Thomas's The Violin-Player
    Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
    2018

Awards & Distinctions

  • Huntington Library Short-Term Research Fellowship
    Category: Research
    Huntington Library, 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow
    Category: Teaching
    Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2018
  • Honorable Mention, Walter L. Arnstein Prize
    Category: Research
    Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2017
  • Rosemary T. VanArsdel Prize
    Category: Research
    Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2017
  • Senior Teaching Fellowship
    Category: Teaching
    Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, 2017
  • Honorable Mention, William and Mary Burgan Prize
    Category: Research
    Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2015

Presentations

  • Audible Collaborations: Podcasts and Peer Review in the Undergraduate Classroom
    2019
    Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Feminist Science Theory in the Victorian Studies Classroom
    2019
    North American Victorian Studies Association, Columbus, Ohio
  • Performance, Protest, Pedagogy: Classical Music and Intersectional Politics
    2019
    National Women's Studies Association, San Francisco, California
  • Ghostly Music and Hearing Outward in John Meade Falkner and Vernon Lee
    2018
    North American Victorian Studies Association, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Preserving Sound, Preserving Desire: Music, Homoeroticism, and the 'Earworm' in 'A Wicked Voice.'
    2017
    North American Victorian Studies Association, Banff, Canada
  • Sounding Bodies: Music, Corporeality, and Female Performance in Mary Augusta Ward's Robert Elsmere.
    2017
    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.
    2017
    Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 'Regardless of the visible world:' Thomas Hardy, Acoustical Theory, and Queer Sonic Communities
    2016
    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
    2015
    Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Musicality and Corporeality in Vernon Lee's 'A Wicked Voice'
    2015
    British Women Writers Conference, New York, New York