I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on posthumanism, biopolitics and ecocriticism in contemporary fiction. In particular, I examine the boundaries between human and nonhuman bodies, and the way in which contemporary narratives work to redefine the concept of the human through the intertwining of capital, technology and environment. I am also interested in rhetoric and thinking about the ways neoliberal discourse has worked to redefine affective relationships in capitalist terms of market exchange. My dissertation traces trajectories of becoming post/human in dystopian Global North/Global South literature in relation to the proliferation of spaces of security (walls, barricades, fences) that emerge with neoliberal discourse and that work to redefine, reinforce, but also collapse, the distinctions between categories of life and being. I am also Assistant Director at SBU’s Writing Center, and teach composition courses, where I try to instill in my students an acute awareness of the ideological implications of rhetoric.


Stony Brook University
Ph.D. in English Literature (2015-)
Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing (2016)

University of Lisbon
MA in English and American Literature (2015)
BA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Major in English (2012)

Other Publications

Review of Posthuman Knowledge by Rosi Braidotti, Journal of Posthuman Studies (forthcoming)

Review of Anatomic by Adam Dickinson, The Vassar Review (2019)

“Let’s Get Personal: Teaching the Literacy Narrative in First-Year Composition,” Stony Brook EGL Blog (2017)


Dissertation (ongoing): “Becoming Posthuman: Neoliberal Security, Historical Recovery & Apocalyptic Ecology”

SBU Three Minute Thesis Competition (Second Place and People’s Choice)

Tech and Web Coordinator, Events Coordinator (2017-2020), Graduate English Society

Blog Editor (2018), EGL: Teaching and Learning in the SBU English Department.

Graduate Student Academic Involvement and Professionalization Database for the English Department at SBU (2017-2020)

Graduate Writing Support Fellow, Stony Brook University (2018-2019)

Organizing Committee Member, Stony Brook University English Graduate Student Conference (2017-2018)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Zombie Meets Animal: Posthuman Ecologies of Solidarity in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People and Junot Díaz’s ‘Monstro.'” Northeast Modern Language Association. March 13, 2021 (virtual)

“Walled States, Nomadic Subjects and the Myth of Post-Racialism in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” Modern Language Association. January 7 (virtual)

“‘The Only [Zombie] Metaphor Left’: Spaces of Security and Historical Excavation in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” Stony Brook English Graduate Conference. February 28, 2020. Stony Brook.

“Junot Diaz’s ‘Monstro’ and the Zombie Apocalypse as Historical Re-membering.” MLA International Symposium. July 23-25 2019. Lisbon, Portugal.

“Looking in the Gutter: Clone Im/Mobility and Abject Medicine in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” NeMLA. March 21-24 2019. Washington, DC.

“OWI Design for Interactivity in MASLOW, a Graduate Writing Support Project for International Students.” Computers and Writing. June 22. East Lansing, MI.

“‘History Without Memory’: The Memorialization of the Parsley Massacre in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones.” ALA. May 23-27 2018. San Francisco, CA.

“A Forest Grows In the ‘Death Factory’: The Neocolonial Landscape in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People.” NeMLA. April 12-15 2018. Pittsburgh, PA.

“All the World’s a Remix: New Notions of Authorship and Authenticity in Remix Culture.” Transformers Conference. July 2017. Aveiro, Portugal.

“World of Humans and World of Animal: The Rhetoric of Development and Border Subjectivity in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People.” English Department Faculty/Student Colloquium. April 2017. Stony Brook, NY

“A Carnivorous Relationship: The Corporatization and Animalization of the Female Body in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.” SAGES Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference, March 2017. Akron, OH.

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