I am a PhD student in American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. I specialize in cognitive literary studies, specifically nineteenth-century American literature, with additional interests in dystopian literature and naturalism. My MA thesis, "'I Was a Creature of Environment': Jamesian Habit in Jack London's The Iron Heel," examines the role of William James's theory of habits in London's character creation in his dystopian novel. My current research weaves together James's idea of radical empiricism (with connections to Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and Bruno Latour) and ambiguity in nineteenth-century American literature.
My next academic event will be the Crossing the Borders of Creation and Critique Conference at Washington University in St. Louis on March 1, 2019, where I will be presenting the paper, "Crossing the Border between Reason and Intoxication: William James on Nitrous Oxide."
I live in St. Louis with my beagle, Zooey.
View my current CV here.