I am a third-year doctoral student in the Department of English at Harvard University and the recipient

of an AM degree from the department, where I am co-coordinator of the Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature Colloquium. I am also a 2020-2021 Canada Dissertation Research Fellow

at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, receiving support for my work on Margaret Atwood.

My dissertation research focuses on narrative voice and literary form in 20th- and 21st-century dystopian novels. My wider academic interests include narratology, book history, feminist studies, queer studies, trauma studies, literary modernism, contemporary poetry, and speculative  fiction.


Before coming to Harvard, I received my BA from Stanford University, graduating with honors in English and a minor in Feminist and Queer Studies, and I completed an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Virginia, where I held a Poe-Faulkner Fellowship. I spent two years as a staff researcher for the magazine mental_floss, and have worked as a copywriter for online-shopping platforms and as

a podcast researcher for How Stuff Works and iHeartMedia.

I have published cultural and historical articles in venues including mental_flossJSTOR Daily

Atlas Obscura, and Racked, and my poetry has appeared in PANK, ApogeeBOAAT,

Southern Indiana ReviewHawaii Pacific Review, and other journals.

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