About

I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on posthumanism, biopolitics and ecocriticism in late 20th century and contemporary literature. 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.

When I’m not trying to understand abstruse theory, I like to drink and learn about red wine, marathon Star Wars, and pretend to be funny/insightful on Twitter.

Education

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)

Projects

Dissertation (ongoing): “Re/Tracing the Nomadic Subject and Reframing History in Neoliberal Spaces of Security”

Social Media Manager (ongoing), Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy, SBU.

Tech and Web Coordinator, Events Coordinator (ongoing), Graduate English Society

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

Graduate Student Academic Involvement and Professionalization Database for the English Department at SBU (ongoing)

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

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Junot Diaz’s ‘Monstro’ and the Zombie Apocalypse as Historical Re-membering.” MLA International Symposium. July 23-25 2018. Lisbon, Portugal.

“Looking in the Gutter: Clone Im/Mobility and Abject Medicine in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” NeMLA. March 21-24 2018. Washington, DC.

Previous Talks:

“‘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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