I am a writer, a teacher, a lover of language based in Phoenix, Arizona. I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware in May of 2016. In addition to Delaware, I have taught at major universities across the United States, from George Mason, to the University of Houston, to the University of Arizona. This Fall of 2017 I am making the move to teach at Xavier College Prep, a prestigious college preparatory school here in Phoenix.
I grew up in the northwest Chicago suburbs. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois with concentrations in early twentieth-century American literature and a minor in Philosophy, I moved to Austin, Texas. Interested in taking a few years off before graduate school, I unexpectedly developed a successful career in finance. Over a period of eight years I progressed from underwriting loans, to executing transactions in excess of $350 million for Wall Street firms, to serving as Vice President for a national company where I managed an office of fifty-five people.
Eventually, however, I recognized that my deep desire to study literature endured. I wanted to learn more about literature and writing, and to help others master the integrated skills of reading, writing, and thinking. I enrolled in the Master of Arts in English program at the University of Houston, where I studied themes of race and imperialism in writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Catherine Maria Sedgwick. I continued my studies at the University of Delaware. here I expanded my disciplinary focus to consider the interaction between early American visual and literary cultures. At Delaware I also began to study Native American literatures, and how Native Americans adapted and resisted European writing and narrative forms. I finished my doctoral dissertation, "Printing Indians and the Imperial Contest in America" in 2016. The project was supported by a short-term research fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society and the Winterthur Museum and Library, as well a twelve-month dissertation fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.