My dissertation, titled “The Ethics of Emotion: The Dialectic of Empathy and Estrangement in Postmodern German Literature and Film” (available via MLA CORE: https://commons.mla.org/deposits/item/mla:113/) examined anti-fascist rhetorical strategies in postwar German texts. I’m interested in cognitive approaches to literary study including how we experience texts emotionally and how biology might intersect with fields such as psychoanalysis to open up new questions or new approaches to old questions.

Other interests include the public humanities, humanities pedagogy, and the preparation of humanities PhDs for multiple career paths. My position as coordinator of the Connected Academics Project at the MLA specifically addresses this last issue. Before landing at the MLA, I considered fields such as advising and university development as possible career options.


PhD in German Studies, Stanford University, 2015
MA in German Studies, University of Manchester, 2008
BA in Literature and Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 2005

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