I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on 19th century American gothic literature and contemporary horror films.

I’m currently working on my dissertation, which traces a thread between early American gothic fiction and contemporary American horror films through the dual lens of 19th century American liberalism and present-day American neoliberalism. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that these two modes of reasoning depict what it means to be American, as well as the ways that 19th-century American gothic texts and contemporary American horror films challenge, support, and subvert these depictions through the deployment of repeated figures and environments.

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


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.

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