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I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on American gothic literature and contemporary horror films. I’m particularly interested in exploring the ways that liberal and neoliberal ideologies are reflected, challenged, and reimagined in American gothic and horror fiction. Prior to joining the doctoral program at Stony Brook, I worked as a high school teacher within the NYC public school system. This invaluable experience has led me to develop a passionate and continuing interest in pedagogical practice.

Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.


Stony Brook University
Ph.D. in English Literature (Anticipated 2021)
Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing (Jan 2019)

NYU Steinhardt
MA in Educational Theatre & Social Studies (2013)

Adelphi University Honors College
BFA in Theatre Arts (2011)

Other Publications

  • Get Out and the Subversion of the American Zombie.” Horror Homeroom, 29 October 2018.

  • “’It’s a dog eat dog world’: The Neoliberal Horror of Texas Chain Saw Massacre II.” Oh, The Horror: Politics and Culture in Horror Films of the 1980s, edited by Kevin M. Scott & Connor M. Scott, McFarland & Company, Forthcoming.



Upcoming Talks and Conferences

  •   “’Live or die, make your choice’: American Survival Game Horror.” 2019 IGA Conference. July 30-August 2, 2019. Lewis University, IL.

  • “Porous Bodies and Infectious Feelings: Edgar Allan Poe’s Atmospheres of Horror.” 2019 ALA Conference. May 23-26, 2019. Boston, MA.

  •  “Blogging My Way Through Comps.” 2019 PressED Conference. April 18, 2019. Twitter.

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