I am a doctoral student at Southern Methodist University (SMU). My primary focus is on nineteenth-century American/ transatlantic literature, particularly that of Emily Dickinson, transcendentalists, and American women writers. My current book project, titled “‘The Art to Stun’: Emily Dickinson in Popular Culture,” examines Dickinson, her poems, and how perceptions of both change when adapted for use in tattoo narratives, social media, pop art, and theatrical/ cinematic productions.



Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Doctor of Philosophy, English 2021 (expected)

The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas

Master of Arts, English 2017

Bachelor of Arts, English Major, History Minor 2015


Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas

Associate of Arts, English 2011



Other Publications

“The Highest Calling: The Professorship.” The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching, Tower Books. (forthcoming)
“Teaching Thoreau and the Common Core.” Thoreau Society Bulletin, (forthcoming) 
“Emily Dickinson’s ‘’Twas warm — at first — like Us—’ (Fr614),” The Explicator, vol. 75, no. 4, 2017, pp. 248-51. doi:10.1080/00144940.2017.1382439
 “Emily Dickinson’s ‘I’ve known a Heaven, like a Tent –’ (Fr257),” The Explicator, vol. 75, no. 2, 2017, pp. 125-28. (with Dr. Ann Beebe)


Working research for a monograph–“‘The Art to Stun Myself’: Symbolic Evolutions of Emily Dickinson’s ‘I’ Poems”–and studying how EDs poetic symbols transform from symbol to signifier in pop-art, tattoo narratives, social media, and cinematic/ theatrical adaptations.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“‘I would not paint – a picture – ’: Symbolic
Representation of Dickinson’s ‘I’ Poems.”
Emily Dickinson International Society Critical
Institute, August 2018.
“Struggle as Catalyst and Catharsis in the Fiction
of Rebecca Harding Davis,” Society for the Study
of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Triennial
Conference, November 2018. 


Modern Language Association

Emily Dickinson International Society 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Thoreau Society
Sigma Tau Delta
National Council of Teachers of English




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