Welcome to my website and online portfolio!
In a former life, I wrote about the Internet, technology, and other geeky things for a number of publications, including the International Business Times, USA Today, LAPTOP Magazine, and more. While I’m still a geek, I’m pretty immersed in the world of higher education these days. I teach literature, research, writing, and rhetoric courses at Ball State University, where I’m a PhD candidate in English Literature.
As you navigate this website, you’ll find the following:
- My CV – where you can get a fuller picture of my academic career
- My teaching philosophy – where I discuss approaches to teaching both literature and writing courses
- My teaching materials – where you can find sample syllabi, assignment sheets, and more.
- My Dissertation research – information about my dissertation, which centers on the role of sexology and its influence on queer literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
I received my master’s in liberal studies from Indiana University Kokomo. My thesis examined queer narratives in the so-called golden age of television. I also received my undergraduate degree in English from IU Kokomo, and my senior research project explored the ’90s feminist ideology of ‘girl power’ as it is represented in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
My doctoral research focuses on the influence of sexology on the development of the modern queer community. Prior to the rise of modern sexology, there was quite literally no language through which queers could identify themselves. As researchers began to theorize about queerness, a scientific discourse began to develop, and activist writers who had access to these writings began to embed them in their texts. My research examines how the rise of sexology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries fundamentally influenced the establishment of the queer community as we know it today.