I just defended my dissertation and will graduate this May 2021 with a doctoral degree from the Department of English at Stony Brook University. My specializations are in American literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, popular culture, gothic studies, and film.

My dissertation explores how nineteenth century American gothic fiction works to construct and critique liberal formulations of personhood, and it compares that with the treatment of neoliberal formulations of identity in contemporary American horror.


Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.


Stony Brook University
Ph.D. in English Literature (May 2021)

CELT Certification, Research-Based Practices of Online Teaching (2019)

Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing (Jan 2019)

NYU Steinhardt
MAT in Educational Theatre & Social Studies (2013)

Adelphi University Honors College
BFA in Theatre Arts (2011)

Other Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Dayley, Brianne, Mariah Crilley, Adam Fales, Genevieve Freese, Bill Hunt, J. Laurence Cohen, Michelle Dostal, Caitlin Duffy, Andy Harper, Harry J. Olafsen, Rachel Linnea Brown, Ally Fulton, Jenna Gersie, Kacey Stewart, Gia Coturri Sorenson, “The Year in Conferences – 2019.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 66.1, 2020, pp. 133-213.

  • “Trump as ‘Daddy’: American Psycho and Hero Worship in the Neoliberal Era.” Trump Fiction, edited by Stephen Hock, Lexington Books, 2020, pp. 39-52.

  • “Sensory Overload and Edgar Allan Poe’s Mechanics of Terror.” Poe Studies, 52.1, 2019. pp. 69-90.


  • “We’re not the only animals in the woods”: The Ritual Review.” Gothic Nature, 1, 2019. pp. 304-309. Available from https://gothicnaturejournal.com/.

Public Scholarship

BylinesSublime Horror, Ghoulish Media

Blog Posts


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Animatedness in the Black American Gothic Mode: From Conjure to the Sunken Place.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. January 6-9, 2022. Washington, DC.


  • International Gothic Association (IGA) 

  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

  • Northeast Popular Culture Association (NePCA)


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