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2015 Ph.D. University of Virginia, English Language and Literature
Dissertation: “Senseless Violence? Fiction and Feeling in Contemporary America”
Committee: Rita Felski (chair), Marlon Ross, Sandhya Shukla
2006 B.A. Duke University, Literature (Honors)
2015 Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
20th- and 21st-century American Literature and Culture, Contemporary Anglophone Fiction, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Aesthetics, Visual Culture, Modernism and Postmodernism, Experimental Literature and the Avant-garde, Critical Theory and Methods, Digital Humanities, Digital Pedagogy, Multimodal Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Across the Curriculum
Violent Feelings. Spec. issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. Ed. Douglas Dowland and Anna Ioanes (forthcoming 2018).
Refereed Journal Articles
2017 “Feeling and Form: New Theories of Affect and Aesthetics.” minnesota review vol. 89, Fall 2017, pp. 57-70.
2016 “Shock and Consent in a Feminist Avant-garde: Kathleen Hanna Reads Kathy Acker.” Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, special issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 42, no. 1, Autumn 2016, pp. 175-197.
2013 “Inflammatory Essays,” “SCUM Manifesto,” and “The Theater of Cruelty (First Manifesto).” Manifesto in Literature, St. James Press, 2013.
2013 “Dreams From My Father.” Literature of Autobiographical Narrative, St. James Press, 2013.
2016 Rev. of Drawing the Line: The Father Reimagined in Faulkner, Wright, O’Connor, and Morrison. South Atlantic Review, vol. 81, no. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 236-9.
“Please Be Nice to Me: Navigating History, Mystery, and Desire in Chris Kraus’s After Kathy Acker” (solicited). Los Angeles Review of Books. 11 Sept 2017. Link.
“Talking as Artists: Oral Communication in the Gallery Space.” TECHStyle. 13 Sept 2016. Link.
“Shriek When the Pain Hits: Violence in the Inflammatory Essays.” Dilettante Army. 17 May 2016. Link.
“Sugar, Subjection, and Selfies: The Online Afterlife of A Subtlety.” Dilettante Army. 5 Apr 2016. Link.
“‘There is No Delight and No Mathematics’: Teaching the Multimodal Avant-garde.” TECHStyle. 17 Nov 2015. Link.
Works in Progress
Senseless Violence and the Aesthetics of the Margins (monograph in preparation)
“Richard Wright’s Senseless Violence” (essay in preparation)
“Hybrid Forms and the Neo-slave Narrative” (essay in preparation)
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955,” Newberry Library
2017 “Creating Sustainable Communities” Course Development Grant, Serve Learn Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology
2016 GT-FIRE Grant for Embedded Artists in First-Year Composition, Georgia Institute of Technology
2016 Course Development Grant, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Sustainable Communities Track, Georgia Institute of Technology
2015 Mary Lily Research Grant, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University
2014 Zora Neale Hurston Award for Best Graduate Essay Focused on Women, Gender, and/or Sexuality, University of Virginia
2014 Summer Travel Grant funding the Futures of American Studies Institute, English Department, University of Virginia
2013 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Seminar, “Poetics and Modern Emotion,” University of Virginia
2016 “Violent Feelings,” Heike Bauer, Douglas Dowland, and Nidesh Lawtoo, Modern Language Association annual meeting, Jan 7-11.
2018 “Sustaining Communities of Learning from Afar,” Invited Panelist, Modern Language Association annual meeting, Jan 4-7.
2017 “Forms of Dissent: Teaching the Aesthetics of the Neo-slave Narrative,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Nov 9-12.
2017 “Embedded Artists in the First-year, Multimodal Classroom,” Council of Writing Program Administrators annual meeting, Jul 20-23.
2017 “Drawing Boundaries Around Difficult Topics in the Literature Classroom,” “Teaching Difficult Topics” Roundtable, Modern Language Association annual meeting, Jan 5-8.
2016 “Create Sensations: Form, Affect, and Violence in the Inflammatory Essays,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Nov 17-20.
2015 “The Risks of Representing Black Misery: A Subtlety’s Performance of Violence,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Oct 8-11.
2015 “Public Performances of Violence: A Subtlety’s Online Afterlife,” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present conference, Sept 24-27.
2015 “Expatriate Allegories: Gay Shame, Racial Expatriation, and State Violence in Giovanni’s Room,” Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States annual meeting, Apr 9-12.
2014 “Sustaining Shock: Reading Punk Feminist Avant-gardes,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual meeting, Nov 7-9.
2014 “Reading Violence in Giovanni’s Room,” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 16-22.
2014 “Shock and the Feminist Avant-Garde from Kathy Acker to Riot Grrrl,” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Feb 26-28.
2013 “Blood and Guts in High School: Consenting to Literary Violence,” American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, Apr 4-7.
2012 “Aesthetics of Violence and Ethics of Disgust in Sula,” American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, Mar 28-Apr 1.
2011 “Hateful, Violent Bitches: Anti-Social Affect and the SCUM Manifesto,” UCLA Southland Graduate Conference, June 3.
2011 “Hateful, Violent Bitches: Valerie Solanas in the Third Wave,” Northeast Modern Language Association annual meeting, Apr 7-11.
2010 “The Mirrored Continent: Agha Shahid Ali’s Transnational Consolation,” Northeast Modern Language Association annual meeting, Apr 8-11.
2018 “Subjection, Abstraction, Dissent: Hybrid Forms and the Neo-Slave Narrative,” American Literature Seminar Series, Newberry Library, Feb 28.
2017 “Atlanta’s Afterlives: Video Assignments as Community Engagement,” Price Gilbert Memorial Library, Georgia Institute of Technology, November 14.
2016 “‘My Audience is Anyone’: Critical Reflection Through Creative Practice,” Hall Colloquy, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, Oct 26.
2016 Panelist, “Integrating the Arts Across Georgia Tech,” Student View Art Exhibition, Writing and Communication Program and Office of the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, Apr 15.