I tailor my approach to the needs of my students, responding to their unique needs, personality, and learning style. Every mind is unique and wonderful. I help my students gain insight into how literature works and communicates, and I help them learn how to express compelling, persuasive thoughts about literary works. I can help with reading comprehension, essay writing strategies, as well as essay editing. I primarily work with high school and college students.
Also, fun and laughter is important!
As a doctoral student at UCLA, I received a Chancellor's Award, a Mellon Teaching Fellowship, three summer research fellowships, and three yearlong research fellowships. I also maintained a 4.00 GPA. I continue to be an active member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. I have delivered lectures both here and abroad, and my work has been published in scholarly journals.
I hold a PhD in English literature from UCLA, where I taught for nine years. I write and publish academically, and I also love writing creatively, chiefly fiction and screenplays. When I'm not diving into books and writing, I love hiking and backpacking.
Ph.D. UCLA, Department of English (2018)
Dissertation: “And Now Here is the Unreal Real”: The Transformation of American Realisms, 1892-1925
Advisors: Mark Seltzer (co-chair), Michael North (co-chair), Jonathan Grossman, Efraín Kristal.
M. A. UCLA, Department of English (2013)
B.A. Reed College, English, Phi Beta Kappa (2009)
Awards and Fellowships
Department of English Dissertation Fellowship, Yearlong Award, UCLA (2016)
Mellon Foundation Pedagogy Fellowship on History and Form (2013)
Graduate Research Mentorship, Yearlong Award, UCLA (2013)
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA (2011)
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA (2010)
Chancellor’s Prize, UCLA (2010)
UCLA University Fellowship, Yearlong Award (2010)
Phi Beta Kappa, Reed College (2009)
President’s Commendation for Academic Excellence, Reed College (2009)
UCLA Department of English Travel Grant (2014, 2016, 2017)
Research and Teaching Interests
Nineteenth and twentieth century American literature; History and theory of the novel; Literary Realism and Naturalism; Literary and critical theory; Rhetoric; Sociology of literature
“Jewett in the Systems Epoch,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction (Volume 53 Issue 2, August 20200)
“Willa Cather and the Inhuman Novel” (under review)
Select Conference Presentations
“Raymond Chandler, Contemporary Posthumanisms, and the Detection of the World,” 2017 PMLA Conference, Honolulu, Hi. November, 2017.
“Willa Cather and Architectures of Recursion,” Southland Graduate Conference, UCLA. June, 2017.
“Making and Unmaking the World in Dunnett Landing, Maine, 1896,” Americanist Research Colloquium, UCLA. April, 2017.
“Crane’s Games: Stephen Crane and the Illogics of Naturalism,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver. May, 2014.
“Jewett and the Depths of Late Local Color,” Southland Graduate Conference, UCLA, June, 2012.
“Cormac McCarthy and the Futures of the Novel,” Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, UCLA. February, 2012.
Courses Taught, UCLA Department of English, 2011-Present
Instructor of Record
English 122 (Totalities in American Literature and Film). (Fall 2018).
English 170B (American Literature 1900-1945). (Winter 2019).
English 180R (Junior Research Seminar: The Realities of Realism). (Spring 2019).
English 170A (American Literature 1850-1900). (Summer 2019).
Select Teaching Fellow or Assistant Instruction
Teaching Fellow, UCLA:
English 90 (Shakespeare). (Spring 2018).
English 20 (Introduction to Creative Writing). (Winter 2018).
Teaching Associate, UCLA
English 90 (Online). (Shakespeare). (Summer 2016).
English 91 (Introduction to Fiction). (Winter 2016).
Film/TV M50 (Introduction to Visual Culture). (Fall 2015).
English 150 (Online). (Shakespeare: The Later Plays). (Summer 2015).
English 90 (Major American Writers). (Spring 2015).
English 121 (Critical Theory). (Winter 2015).
English 10B (Literatures in English 1660-1850. (Fall 2014).
Teaching Assistant, UCLA:
English 10C (Literatures in English 1850-Present). (Spring 2013).
English 85 (The American Novel). (Fall 2013).
English 119 (Literary Cities: Los Angeles). (Spring 2012).
English 10A (Literatures in English to 1660). (Winter 2012).
English 168 (Major American Novelists). (Fall 2011).
Departmental and University Service
Mellon Pedagogy Group on History and Form, UCLA Department of English (2013-2014)
UCLA Departmental Mentor (2012-2016)
Contractor for ID Avatars (2015-2016)
Worked to facilitate interactions between virtual avatars and patients at the Veterans Administration on a prospective app. Devised conversation trees, predicted questions and wrote responses, worked to maximize the human dimension of the interaction and to avoid linguistic confusion and error.
Research Assistant to Professor Melissa Lopez, UCLA Department of English (2010)
Research Assistant to Professor Darius Rejali, Reed College Department of Political Science (2009)
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).
American Studies Association (ASA).
Modern Language Association (MLA).
Modernist Studies Association (MSA).
Phi Beta Kappa Society.
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