After a decade teaching secondary English literature and composition and Theater Arts, I stayed home as primary caregiver to my now elementary-aged kiddo. Alongside that, I pursued my MA in English Literature, which lead me to the beautiful and fascinating world of periodical studies in the long 19th century. After a few years as an independent scholar and adjunct instructor at the tertiary level, I returned to graduate school to deepen and expand my knowledge, frames of reference, and methodologies.


MA in English, U. of St. Thomas

BA in English, St. Olaf College

Other Publications

2023 – “Sue Brown, Julia Wedgwood, The Unexpected Victorian: The Life and Writing of a Remarkable Female Intellectual (review)” in Victorian Periodicals Review 55.3/4, pp. 472-474

2018 – “Serials to Graphic Novels: The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book by Catherine J. Golden, and: Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts ed. by Anna Maria Jones and Rebecca N. Mitchell (review)” in Victorian Periodicals Review 51.2, pp. 349-353

2017 – “The RSVP Bibliography: ‘A Cooperative Effort’ Since 1968” in Victorian Periodicals Review 50.3, pp. 650-661

Blog Posts


    Community Shakespeare – z.umn.edu/JoinShakespeare – a public humanities resource created by Mercedes Sheldon and Dr. Melissa Johnson under the leadership of Dr. Katherine Scheil and with contributed data from Dr. William Wolfgang.

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