Background and research interests

I earned my Ph.D. in English Literature in April of 2016 from Indiana University-Bloomington; my dissertation argued that the seventeenth-century lyric poem staged the failure of literary tradition. Briefly, because English had become a valid literary language, authors could no longer justify literary production on the grounds of translating the classics. As external literary traditions became inadequate, authors turned to their inner selves to justify their poetic production, in a way that modern scholars would identify as Romantic.

I am increasingly interested in the computational humanities; by that I mean, I am intrigued by how computers help humanists think through their own biases, but more importantly, how traditional humanities practices of reading, writing, and thinking can push back on the uncritical application of digital tools. In other words: Only throw a computer at the problem if you need to!

My work since earning the PhD has focused on precisely these questions as applicable to the humanities classroom: as the Mellon Five College Postdoctoral Fellow in Blended Learning and Digital Humanities in 2017-2018, I developed a series of video assets for other instructors who might want to use more technology in the classroom. Based on my own experiences, though, I know how hard it is to teach with technology, which is why I say again, only use technology if it does something for you that would be impossible without it.

Full c.v. is available on request.