I recently completed a PhD in American Literature at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My dissertation, Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age, argues the participation of seemingly conservative regionalist texts at the turn of the twentieth century in progressive socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and environmental movements by comparing them to contemporaneous (more recognizably radical) utopian texts. I am also an activist, educator, and personal essayist, holding an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and my work has appeared recently in Longridge Review, Boston Accent Lit, and IDK Magazine, among others. In pedagogy as in research and creative work, I am interested in place, community formation, and social change.


PhD American Literature, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2020
Dissertation: Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age

MFA Creative Nonfiction, University of Nebraska Omaha, 2014
Thesis: Wild Onions: Essays

BA English Composition, Truman State University, 2012


“The Year in Conferences—2019.” Co-authored with Brianne Dayley, Mariah Crilley, Adam Fales, Genevieve Freese, Bill Hunt, J. Laurence Cohen, Michelle Dostal, Caitlin Duffy, Harry J. Olafsen, Rachel Linnea Brown, Ally Fulton, Jenna Gersie, Kacey Stewart, and Gia Coturri Sorenson. ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.

“The Joke’s On Me: The Role of Self-Deprecating Humor in Personal Narrative.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.

My personal essays have been featured in Longridge Review, Boston Accent Lit, IDK Magazine, Lime Hawk, Jenny, Hippocampus Magazine, the museum of americana: a literary review, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland.


Midwest Modern Language Association

Modern Language Association

Society for Utopian Studies

William Dean Howells Society

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