Ph.D. in English, University of North Texas, 2016.
Dissertation: Reading the Ruptured Word: Detecting Trauma in Gothic Fiction from 1764-1853. Chair: Dr. Deborah Needleman Armintor, Readers: Dr. Dahlia Porter and Dr. Nora Gilbert.
M.A. in English, University of North Texas, 2009.
B.A. in English and History, University of Texas-Pan American, 2007.
Summa cum laude.
Review of Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium, ed. Sharla Hutchison and Rebecca A. Brown. Gothic Studies 18.1 (2016).
Beauty & the Beast: Feminine Monstrosity in “The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains” Solicited blog entry
for the International Gothic Association. 10 October 2016.
“Puritan Gothic: Extremist Horror in Robert Egger’s The Witch” Solicited blog entry
for the International Gothic Association. 28 Jun 2016.
“I Believe in Sherlock Holmes: Sherlockian Fandom Then and Now” Solicited blog entry for “Victorians Beyond the Academy” Journal of Victorian Culture Online. 22 November 2011.
Awards & Grants
2016 Graduate Students in English Travel Grant $100
2009, 2012, 2016 Graduate Student Support Grant $500
2008, 2016 Craig Raupe Travel Grant $500
2013-14 Mary-Patchell Scholarship $800
2011-12 UNT Graduate Student Research Grant $500
2008, 2012 Toulouse Graduate School Travel Grant $500
2010-12 English Department Travel Grant $200
2010-11 USC Scholarship for Continuing Students $1,000
2010-11 Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award Nominee
2008-09 Janet P. Sholty Scholarship $500
2008-09 Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship $2,000
2007-08 Mary-Patchell Memorial Scholarship $1,000
2007-08 Porter-Evans Scholarship $1,250
2007-08 Academic Achievement Scholarship $1,000
“Memento Mor.A.I.: The Digital Transformation of Victorian Death Culture,” 13th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association: Gothic Traditions and Departures. Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). Cholula, Mexico. July 18-21, 2017.
“‘Horror Occupied Her Mind’: Misinformation, Misperception, and Detecting the
Trauma of Gothic Heroines,” Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic. Surrey, UK. August 22-24, 2016.
“Jane Eyre: Girl Detective?” Critical Voices Conference. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. April 9, 2016.
“Aftershocks: Representations of Trauma in Literature from 1847-1965.” Panel Organizer, Critical Voices Conference. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. April 9, 2016.
“Mother, Mistress, Monster: The Narrative Trauma of Incest in The Mysterious Mother.” South Central MLA. Austin, Texas. October 19, 2014.
“Gamifying the Classroom.” Workshop, THATCamp Digital Frontiers. University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. Denton, Texas. September 20, 2014.
“Domestic Abuse: Nonphysical Abuse in Conduct Manuals and Servant Murder Trials from Late 18th-Century Britain.” University of North Texas Graduate Exhibition. Denton, Texas. March 1, 2013.
“Teaching with Twitter.” Workshop, THATCamp Digital Frontiers. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. September 21, 2013.
“Monsters in the Margins: Jane Eyre and the Traumatizing Legacy of Penny Dreadfuls.” Wounded Bodies, Tortured Souls: Narratives of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Trauma Conference. Portsmouth, United Kingdom. June 14, 2012.
“What’s in the Trunk?: Traumatizing Narrative in Caleb Williams.” First Annual Gothic Studies Conference. San Diego, California. March 16-17, 2012.
“The Way of the Ghosts: Shinto and Buddhist Interpretations of Kyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. San Antonio, Texas. April 20-23, 2011.
“Identity and Narrative.” Panel Moderator. A New Breed: Cross-Genre Approaches to Creative Writing Theory, Pedagogy, and Craft. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. April 1-2, 2011.
“Women’s Ways: Transforming the Werewolf Lai from Bisclavret to Arthur and Gorlagon.” Texas Medieval Association (TEMA). Southern Methodist University. Dallas, Texas. September 24-26, 2010.
“Gender and the Politics of Consumerism in Hostel: Part II.” Southwest Texas American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 10-13, 2010.
“The Fey and the Vamp: Feminine Monstrosity in Jane Eyre.” Critical Voices Conference. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. March 2009.
“Beauty & the Beast: Victorian Womanhood in ‘The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains’ ” Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture. Lafayette, Louisiana. March 7, 2009.
“American Imperialism and Vampire Plants in Fred M. White’s ‘The Purple Terror’.” Sigma Tau Delta Southwest Regional Conference. St. Edward’s University. Austin, Texas. October 26, 2008.
“The Invisible Hand: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood as Postmodern History.” Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains Symposium. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, Nebraska. April 16-19, 2008.
“Devils of the Pit!: Female Stereotypes in Dracula.” Critical Voices Conference. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. March 28-29, 2008.
“Forged of Iron: Weapons, History, and Masculinity in Beowulf.” Medieval Graduate Student Symposium. University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. January 1, 2008.
“The Un-, Re-, and Trans- Gendered Vampire.” Panelist. The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. March 14-18, 2007.
“Undead Doppelgangers: Gender Viewpoints in Marryat’s The Blood of a Vampire and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. March 14-18, 2007.
Interviews & Invited Talks
“Frankenstein and the Sublime.” ENGL 3430: Monsters, Saints, & Devils: British Literature from Beowulf to Frankenstein. June 26, 2016.
“Frankenstein and the Sublime” ENGL 1325: Writing About Literature II TAMS. February 18, 2017.
“How to Organize a THATCamp.” Eagle Technical Communication. February 4, 2015.
Interview in The North Texas Daily, “Human Library Creates Living Novels.” March 26, 2015.
“What is a THATCamp?” Open Data Hackathon at UNT. Eagle Commons Library. February 21, 2015
“Casting Faust.” Guest lecture in ENGL 3440: British and Anglophone Literature 1780 to the Present. February 25, 2014.
“Modernism, Trauma, and Sherwood Anderson.” Guest lecture in ENGL 3840: American Literature from 1870. February 19, 2014.
“Chickamauga: Ambrose Bierce and Contexts.” Guest lecture in ENGL 3840: American Literature from 1870. February 7, 2014.
“Frankenstein: The (Wo)man and the Monster.” Guest lecture in ENGL 2323: British Literature. February 19, 2013.
Interview on North Texas Now (Season 2, Episode 15), discussing the folkloric and literary origins of classic monsters, March 2, 2012.
“How Do I Carry Out My Responsibilities as an Instructor of Record?” UNT Teaching Excellence Seminar. Co-presenter: Dr. Shari Childers. January 19, 2012.
“The House that Poe Built: Detective Fiction from Dupin to House M.D.” Guest lecture in ENGL 3450: Short Story. Maymester 2011.
“The Power of Myth in Pan’s Labyrinth.” College Connections 2+2+2 Jumpstart Program. March 2011.
“Writing for College.” College Connections 2+2+2 Jumpstart Program. February 2011.
“Monsters in Literature.” Linguistics and Technical Communication/Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (LTC/UAEM) Summer Institute. July 2010.
“Applying to Graduate School.” Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society Graduate Symposium. April 2010.
“Scholarships.” GSEA (Graduate Students in English Association) Professional Workshops. March 2010.
Adjunct, TCC Connect Department of English
ENGL 2328: American Science Fiction Since 1865. Online, 2 sections, Fall 2017.
ENGL 2328: American Literature Since 1865-Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation and American Identity. Online, 2 sections, Spring 2017.
Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas, Department of Technical Communication
TECM 2700: Technical Writing, 3 sections, Spring 2016
TECM 2700: Technical Writing, 2 sections, Fall 2015
TECM 2700: Technical Writing, 1 section, Fall 2009
Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas, Department of English
ENGL 1320: College Writing II , 2 sections, Spring 2015
ENGL 1320: College Writing II “The Rhetoric of Gaming: Arbiter Program 2.0,” 2 sections, Fall 2014
ENGL 1320: College Writing II, 2 sections, Spring 2014
ENGL 1320: College Writing II, 2 sections, Fall 2013
ENGL 1320: Blended College Writing II “Writing in the Digital Age,” 2 sections, Spring 2013
ENGL 1310: College Writing I “Writing Lyrically, Writing Rhetorically,” 1 section, Fall 2012
ENGL 2210: Masterpieces of World Literature from the Ancients through the Early Renaissance “The Will of the God(s),” 1 section, Fall 2012
ENGL 1310: Blended College Writing I “I, Robot,” 2 sections, Spring 2012
ENGL 1320: College Writing II “Just Eat It,” 2 sections, Fall 2011
ENGL 2323: British Literature 1780 to Present “Gods and Monsters,” 1 section, Spring 2011
ENGL 1320: College Writing II, 1 section, Spring 2011
ENGL 1323: Computer Assisted College Writing II, 2 sections, Fall 2010
ENGL 1323: Computer Assisted College Writing II, 2 sections, Fall 2010
ENGL 1323: Computer Assisted College Writing II, 2 sections, Spring 2010
ENGL 1323: Computer Assisted College Writing II, 2 sections, Fall 2009
ENGL 1320: College Writing II, 1 section, Spring 2009
ENGL 1313: Computer Assisted College Writing I, Textbook Pilot Program, 1 section, Spring 2009
ENGL 1310, College Writing I, 2 sections, Fall 2008
Adjunct, Tarrant County College, Department of English
ENGL 1301 : English Composition I, 1 section, Spring 2011
ENGL 2311: Technical Writing, 1 section, Spring 2011
Adjunct, Southern Methodist University, Department of English
ENGL 1301: Introduction to College Writing “The World is a Text,” 1 section, Fall 2010
Tutor, University of North Texas Technical Communications Lab
TECM 5280: Designing Technical Documents, Summer 2010
ENGL 2700: Technical Writing, Summer 2010
Grader, University of North Texas
ENGL 4500: The British Novel, Spring 2010
ENGL 2323: British Literature 1780 to Present, Fall 2009
Academic Assistant, University of North Texas
ENGL 3450: Short Story, Maymester 2007, 2010, 2011
ENGL 2220: Masterpieces of World Literature since the Renaissance. Spring 2007, Summer 2007, Summer 2012
ENGL 2210: Literature from the Ancient World to the Renaissance. Spring 2007
“Digital Frontiers THATCamp 2015.” University of North Texas and University of Texas at Dallas. September 19, 2015.
“UNT Human Library.” Volunteer Coordinator. UNT Libraries. April 22-23, 2015.
“Next Generation Librarians.” Texas Library Association District 7 and 5 Joint Virtual Conference. October 18, 2014.
“Privacy, Fair Use and Copyright: An Evening with Gretchen McCord.” Texas Library Association District 7 Networking Dinner. October 17, 2014.
“Digital Frontiers THATCamp 2014.” University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. September 20, 2014.
“North Texas Tweetup.” UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative. Denton, Texas. March 20, 2014.
“Digital Frontiers THATCamp 2013.” University of North Texas. September 21, 2013.
“The Big Tent Digital Humanities Event.” Chair. UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative. April 19, 2013.
Curriculum Coordinator and Social Media Specialist
UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program (June 2015-December 2015)
- Advised students on which courses they needed to complete their minor or certification in Jewish and Israel Studies based on transcripts and degree audits.
- Developed promotional materials such as flyers for upcoming courses, scholarships, and the JISP brochure which gave information on the JISP certification, minor, scholarships and library. Distributed these materials via website and social media.
- Maintained effective working relationships with JISP faculty in multiple departments across campus to plan course offerings, built relationships with community groups like North Texas Hillel, and liaised with other campus programs, such as Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies.
Graduate Student Assistant
UNT Libraries Scholarly Communications (June 2014-July 2015)
- Provided administrative and clerical support to two director level librarians.
- Organized and managed various scholarly communications events, including the Human Library, Digital Frontiers THATCamps, Texas Library Association (TLA) District 7 and 5 Joint Virtual Conference, and the TLA District 7 Networking Dinner. Managed Digital Frontiers conference with the Drupal Content Management System.
- Drafted and deployed two Qualtrics surveys for TX-Gender Project for Libraries to assess the information seeking needs of LGBTQIA patrons and public service librarians’ awareness of those needs.
Graduate Assistant Editor
UNT Communications, Relations and Marketing (June 2012-December 2012)
- Edited departmental brochures and university look books for style and content.
- Tracked progress on publications using project management software.
- Communicated with university and departmental representatives to integrate their feedback and corrections.
- Conducted research into university enrollment and awards to fact check various publications.
Freelance Dissertation Editor (January 2011).
- Kristaizell Darby, Emergency Department Overcrowding and Patient Flow Processes: A Phenomenological Study. Dissertation. University of Phoenix, February 2011.
Evaluator, Multicultural Scholastic Award. UNT Office of Outreach. Spring 2017.
Peer Reviewer, Fantastika Journal, Fall 2016.
Conference Consultant, Eagle Technical Communication, Spring 2016.
Collaborator, ENGL 1320: Blended Course Redesign with Dr. Shari Childers and Rachel Khoriander. Spring 2015.
Representative, Committee on the Education & Prevention of Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence, University of North Texas. Fall 2015-Present.
Workshop Leader, “Fashioning Circuits.” Girl Scouts Cadette Dabbler Days. July 2014.
Student Representative, Graduate Student Policies and Professional Development Committee. Spring 2012.
Student Representative, Graduate Council. Spring 2012.
Student Representative, Student Advisory Committee. Spring 2012.
Vice President, Graduate Student Council. Spring 2011-Spring 2012.
Participant, Secondary Text Adoption Committee. Fall 2012.
Student Representative, Online Curriculum Development Committee. Fall 2012.
Volunteer, Word of Mouth Conversation Group for Non-Native Speakers of English, UNT Writing Lab. Spring 2011.
Collaborator, ENGL 1310 Blended Course Redesign with Dr. Shari Childers. Spring 2012.
Mentee, UNT Lecturer-Mentor Program. Spring 2010-Fall 2011.
Reader, American Literary Review. Spring 2010-Fall 2011.
Display Case Designer, American Literary Review. Spring 2010.
English Tutor, UNT Learning Center. Spring 2010.
Graduate Student Mentor, GSEA Mentorship Program. Spring 2010.
Organizer, GSEA Professional Workshops. February 2010.
Organizer, GSEA Open Forum. March 2010.
Organizer, GSEA Doctoral Roundtable. March 2010.
Organizer, GSEA Book Sale. April 2010.
Volunteer, Denton Public Library. Fall 2009-Fall 2011.
President, Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA). 2009-2010.
Representative, Ad Hoc Lecture Series Committee. Fall 2009-2011.
UNT Graduate Students in English Association
UNT Doctoral Students Association
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
Modern Language Association
Eagle Technical Communication