I write about animality and ask questions about how species, gender, and race are entangled. Recently, I’ve become particularly interested in how animals–domestic and wild–helped shape modern ideas of the family in Britain’s colonial context. When I can, I work on a creative writing project about my grandmother’s recipe box, an artifact I inherited when nobody else claimed it. As I make my way through her box, I’m thinking about how recipes document migrant women’s literacy and cultural heritage, and their acts of resistance, affiliation, and assimilation.

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters in edited collections

“The Hunting of the Hare: Female Virtue and Companionate Marriage in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones,” Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern. Eds.  Karen Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer. Routledge, 2019.

“La Hospitalidad del Caballo: El ser y el otro en Los viajes de Gulliver de Jonathan Swift,” Jonathan Swift y el archipiélago de los espejos. Homenaje a 350 años de su nacimiento. UNAM, December 2019.

“Species Thinking: Animals, Women, and Literary Tropes in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 37, no.1 (2018): 41-66.

The Goddess Coatlicue: Environmental Renewal and Femicide in Homero Aridjis’ La leyenda de los soles,” The Battersea Review, 3.6 (2016). Online. Fall 2016.

In progress

Currently, I’m working on two essays about Maria Edgeworth’s work:

“‘Love Me, Love My Dog’: Becoming (Un)Familiar in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda” examines how Edgeworth’s novel paradoxically affirms British kinship through the exchange of exotic pets while estranging Jamaican Creoles by way of the dog, an animal companion historically associated with the family.

“Maria Edgeworth’s Practical Birds” reads the the avian species of her domestic science and didactic writing–“The White Pigeon” (1796), Practical Education (1798), and Belinda (1801)–as “practical animals,” a crucial means to practice inquiry and derive knowledge from experience in the domestic sphere.

The Recipe Box is a creative project that explores my grandmother’s story of literacy, migration, and assimilation to US culture and politics through the recipes she stored in an old tin box.

Book Reviews

Review. “Shandean Ambles, Drunken Boat. Deena Larsen’s Adaptation of Tristram Shandy.” Electronic Literature Directory. Summer 2017.

Review. “Ingrid H. Tague.  Animal Companions: Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Animalibus: of Animals and Cultures. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015. Pp 297. $ 69.95 (cloth).” Journal of British Studies. 55.2 (2016): 416-418. Print.

Review. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews. Ed. Adam Potkay. Longman, 2008. The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (Journal of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies), Fall 2008.

Institutional Research Awards

Wang Center for Global Education, Faculty Research Grant, AY 2018-2019.

Wiancko Environmental Studies Program, Faculty-Student Research Award, with Clay Snell, Summer 2016. “The Huntsman’s Hallo: Anthropocentrism and Ecocentrism in Eighteenth-Century Hunting and Anti-hunting Poetry.”

Kelmer-Roe Student-Faculty Research Award. AY 2015-2016. Student-centered project with Clay Snell, focused on eighteenth-century natural philosophy from Francis Bacon to David Hume and Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man, with the goal of developing a publishable essay to be submitted at the student journal, Sigma Tau Delta Review.

Karen Hille Regency Advancement Award, Pacific Lutheran University,  AY 2013-2014.

Whiting Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award, Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, AY 2009-2010.