As a teacher-scholar, my research projects grow out of the work I do in the classroom at the intersections of medical and environmental humanities with gender and sexuality studies. The interdisciplinary focus of these projects developed over the course of a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology where I revised my dissertation project to consider the role of medicine and medical technologies in the formation of nineteenth-century appetites. At the same time, by collaborating with Georgia Tech’s Serve, Learn, Sustain initiative, I explored how the work I had been doing on nineteenth-century literature and appetite overlapped with constructions of environmental waste that still inform modern understandings of climate and conservation.
As a result, two projects evolved out of work in the areas of medical and environmental humanities that explore the social construction of appetite, health, and illness in the age of British Empire and the role of race and gender in the representation of “waste” in nineteenth-century fiction. Taken together, these projects demonstrate a commitment to the ways that critical literary studies can help to rethink the social problems of our own era, from the racial health gap and war on drugs to climate crisis.