I am a third-year Ph.D. student in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My research interests focus on postcolonial literature and ecocriticism, and I am specifically interested in constructions of place, environmental ethics, and posthumanist theories of embodiment and materiality.


Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, expected 2022

M.A. in Literature, Purdue University, 2016

B.A. in English, La Salle University, 2014


“Materializing the Improbable: Bodily Intimacies and the Agentic Materiality of Opium in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy.” Studies in the Novel. (Forthcoming, vol. 50, no. 4, 2018)

“Strange Kinship Matters: Cultivating an Ecofeminist Ethics of Place in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. (Forthcoming, 2018)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

NeMLA, Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019

ASLE, Davis, CA, June 26-30, 2019


Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

African Literature Association (ALA)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

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