Originally from southern California, I am now living in Rhode Island and working towards my Ph.D. in the American Studies department at Brown University. My UC Santa Cruz master’s thesis in Literature, "Worlding Murieta: Geographies of the American West in the Murieta Text Network," examines the global adaptation of the 19th-century legend of bandit Joaquín Murieta. I study a macro-view of the bandit’s narrative translations, exploring differing American West geographies that complicate presumed origins, borders, and values of the “American” identity in the New World.
My current dissertation research, "Pacific Sensations: The Making of An American West and Pacific Orientalism in U.S. Print Culture," explores US Orientalist texts (affiliated with the supposed “American West”) during a pivotal socio-economic moment in nineteenth century US-Asia relations. I like to cook and read in my spare time, and my favorite books are Lolita, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Interpreter, Pride and Prejudice, High Fidelity, Little Women, and The Historian.
Ph.D., American Studies, Brown University (In progress); M.A., American Studies, Brown University (2010); M.A., Literature, University of California—Santa Cruz (2008); B.A., English, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2005)
19th and 20th-century American literature; US Print Cultures; Geohumanities; Transnationalism and Global Studies; Nationalism and National Identity; Cultures of Capital and Capitalism; Theories of Popular Culture; Orientalism in US Literature; Digital Scholarship.
“The Gilded Age”. Encyclopedia of American Populism. ABC/ CLIO. (forthcoming)
Awards and Honors:
University Fellowship. American Studies, Brown University (2012-2013).
University Fellowship. American Studies, Brown University (2010-2011).
Travel Grant. Literature, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA (Summer 2008).
Travel Grant. Literature, International Dickens Universe Conference, Santa Cruz, CA
(Summer 2007 )
Conferences, Symposiums, and Workshops:
Participant. “There’s No Outside: Queer Space Under Late Capitalism.” Graduate Mellon Workshop at Brown University. Providence, RI (2012).
Moderator. Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative panel for the humanities. Leadership Alliance Undergraduate National Symposium. Hartford, CT (2012).
Presenter. “Worlding Murieta: Emerging Geographies of the American West in the Murieta Text Network.” South Central Modern Language Association conference. San Antonio, TX (2008).
Discussion Instructor. “The Pickwick Papers and Print Culture.” The Dickens Project, Dickens Universe international summer conference. Santa Cruz, CA (2007).
Presenter. “The Tomming of Black Females in American Media.” Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual conference. Boston, MA (2007).
“'Con Su Pistola en la Mano’: Gregorio Cortez and the Corrido Tradition.” Invited lecture for Ethnic Studies 0090: The Border/ La Frontera Professor Evelyn Hu De-Hart of the History department at Brown University (Fall 2010).
“Digital Humanities Put to Practice: A Digital Close- Reading of Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.” Invited co-lecture with Pia Sahni for AMCV 1610: Introduction to Popular Culture. Professor Susan Smulyan of the American Studies department at Brown University (Fall 2010).
AMST 0190: Junkies, Robots, and Fight Clubs: Re-visioning the “American Dream” in US Popular Culture. Brown University (Spring 2012).
Research Assistant. NEH Collaborative for the Digitization of US Modernist Magazines. The Modernist Journals Project, Brown University (2012-ongoing).
Research Assistant and Digital Encoder. NEH Collaborative “Cultures of Reception: Transatlantic Readership and the Construction of Women’s Literary History”. Women Writers Project, Brown University (2010-2011).