I research selfhood and paradoxical voices in literature. My dissertation investigates the construct of old age and its relationship to futurity in Middle English poetry, asking whether late medieval narrative structures echoed these radically different concepts of the life course. My other projects draw on the late-antique Latin poet Maximianus, travel literature, Christine de Pizan, Sir Philip Sidney’s letters, and contemporary rape narratives, covering a range of topics including neurodiversity and memory, gender(ing), the transmission of maps, authorship, and trauma. My research on tyranny and speech has spilled over into active participation in and contributions to the current conversation on academic freedom; my research on fourteenth-century rape allegations informs and is informed by my advocacy for sexual harassment survivors within the academy.
Outside of academia, I used to be a professional sailing instructor who raced Laser Radials and J/70s. I continue to garden, brew cyser and home-pressed cider, and run occasional introductory and intermediate Scotch seminars/tastings.
Ph.D. candidate, Medieval Studies, Cornell University
M.A., Medieval Studies, Cornell University, 2016
M.A., English, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
B.A., English and Medieval Studies, Brown University, 2011