I am a doctoral candidate at Cornell University. I finished my BA from the University of North Dakota and my MA from Portland State University. My work is in global/postcolonial literature and theory (most frequently in 20th and 21st century Irish literature and poetry), body politics, and disability studies.
My dissertation “Splanchnological Forms: Desire, Digestion, and Metabolization” examines the political and social power of the stomach as a means of world-making. I argue that the splanchnological offers a unique position from which to revisit what it means to invoke the “world” as a material, epistemological space meant to underscore the production of meaning and value. World literature, I maintain, and literary studies more broadly, continue to be troubled by both Eurocentric disciplinary norms and a lack of engagement with the more private, concealed, “gross” valences of corporeal embodiment.
To this effect, my work is often multi-disciplinary, exploring the transportability of literary scholarship to work in political theory, sociology, and the medical humanities. You can download a copy of my most recent CV here.
Outside of academia, I enjoy writing creatively, knitting, hiking, horseback riding, building a design portfolio for an imaginary HGTV show, singing, tending a growing army of succulents, and spending time with my aggressively fluffy cat.