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I received my PhD in 2017 from Emory University. Currently, I am a Marion L. Brittain Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I teach courses in first-year writing and nineteenth-century literature. The fellowship allows me the time to explore and innovate my pedagogy as well as complete my book manuscript, “Engendering Waste,” that works at the intersection of the environmental humanities and gender and sexuality studies to show how gendered representations of burial and mourning refigure “waste” not simply as unwanted or depleted materials, but as biological, social, and environmental processes enacted and arbitrated by women.
In my classes, I model with my students the interdisciplinary ethos of my scholarship, in which the rhetoric of scientific knowledge can be put into productive relationships with literary texts to foster a critical social conscience about various issue in both historical and contemporary life. Drawing from fields such as the medical humanities, eco-criticism, and gender studies, my courses, from first-year writing and introduction to fiction to advanced literary study, use interdisciplinary methods and digital humanities projects to engage students and help them build skills that will serve them as college students and in their future careers.