About Me

I am a PhD candidate at Emory University. I previously completed a certificate in university teaching and an MA in English at Oregon State University with an emphasis on Victorian poetry and the relational nature of literature.

In a past life, I was a management studies researcher, focusing on public sector innovation, service-dominant logic, and ambiculturalism. You can find my research on innovation and creative synthesis over at the Academy of Management Review.

My current research interests center on medieval influences in Victorian literature and the theological turn. I am specifically interested in the intersection of liturgy (largely consisting of medieval and early modern texts) and literature from Sarum influences in Chaucer to the liturgical cycles in Tennyson’s In Memoriam and Bakhtin’s carnivalesque. I am also interested in the ways coupled contraries resist dialectical synthesis, whether through dialogical models or the figures of synoeciosis and the remnant. Following Martin Buber’s philosophy, I explore ways that meaning is neither authorial nor interpreted but relational.

I bring this same dialogical model into the classroom. Whether teaching composition, training writing assistants, or supporting the K-12 classroom, I emphasize strategies that not only put students in dialogue with the texts that we study but with one another.

I have contributed guest posts to Almost Orthodoxy and OSU’s Special Collections blog, and I blog on literature and education at The Golden Echo.