I am a Ph.D. candidate in Cornell’s Medieval Studies Program, where my research centers on paradoxical voices and boundaries of selfhood 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, circular concepts of the life course. My other projects bring feminist analysis to questions of speech and selfhood from the late-antique Latin poet Maximianus’ Elegies through to medieval rape narratives, Sir Philip Sidney’s letters and contemporary digital media.
I use my scholarship to shape my outreach and advocacy: research involving ageism, disability, and premodern neurodiversity spills over into my inclusive pedagogy and my work on access within academia. My publications on fourteenth-century rape allegations inform and are informed by my advocacy for sexual harassment survivors, resulting in recognized expertise on premodern and immediate #MeToo issues. Together with my work on trauma, tyranny and speech these interests have inspired active participation in campus and national conversations on academic freedom and trigger warnings.
Outside of academia I was 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