​​​​​​​​Curriculum Vitae


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017-18​​​


  • Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, May 2017
  • Certificate in Feminist Studies, Duke University, May 2017
  • M.A. English and History, University of Rostock, Germany, July 2009
  • Fulbright Exchange Student, English, University of Georgia, 2006-7
  • B.A. English and German, University of Rostock, Germany, July 2006


Refereed Essays

Journal Issue & Book Chapter


Research, National and International 

  • Russel B. Nye Awardfor Outstanding Article Published in The Journal of Popular Culture, Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, 2017
  • Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies, Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2016
  • Friedrich Ebert Foundation Graduate Study Award, 2008-9
  • Fulbright Travel Award, 2006-7​

Research, UNC

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
  • Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Work on a Dissertation in 18th- or 19th-Century Literature, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • W. Bruce Lea, Jr. Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature

Pedagogy, UNC

  • Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2015-16
  • Lawrence G. Avery Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2014
  • Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2013
  • Future Faculty Fellowship Program Award, UNC Center for Teaching and Learning, 2013

Conference Panels Chaired & Organized

  • “Victorian Literature and Science.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Durham, North Carolina, November 2015.
  • “Victorian Literature and Childhood.” SAMLA, Durham, North Carolina, November 2015.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Abolition and the Non-Optional Visibility of Scars.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2017.
  • “Spectacularly Conceived: Sexual Violence and Burdened Motherhood in Mary Prince and Aurora Leigh.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Baltimore, Maryland, March 2017.
  • “George Eliot and Terror as Abortifacient.” Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2017.
  • “George Eliot and the Masturbating Girl.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Phoenix, Arizona, November 2016.
  • “Fitful Stagings: Daniel Deronda and Hysterical Spectacle.” British Women Writers Conference, Athens, Georgia, June 2016.
  • Daniel Deronda, Marital Rape, and the End of Reproduction.” INCS, Asheville, North Carolina, March 2016.
  • “Problematic Aesthetics: Pornography and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Slave Poems.” NAVSA, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 2015.
  • “Rape and the Pleasures of the Spectacle in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point.’” BWWC, New York, New York, June 2015.
  • “‘A Deeper Wrong’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rape, and Infanticide.” Southern Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2014.
  • “Insidious Intimacy in Pride and Prejudice’s Twenty-First-Century Sequels.” NeMLA, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 2013.
  • “The Hidden Abortion Plot in George Eliot’s Middlemarch.” NAVSA, Pasadena, California, October 2013.
  • “Global Ideologies, Local Catastrophes: Hybridity and Interracial Love in Kipling’s Indian Short Stories.” Joint NAVSA, British Association for Victorian Studies, and Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference, Venice, Italy, June 2013.
  • “Enchanted by Memory: Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother and the Spiritual Remembrance of Loss.” Seventh Annual New Perspectives Conference Presented by the Triangle African American History Colloquium: Interpreting Black Politics. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 2013.
  • “Keeping House for the Raj: The Memsahib’s Colonial Mission of Domesticity in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters.” Print Culture and Colonialism Panel. SAMLA, Durham, North Carolina, November 2012.
  • “Thackeray’s Deadly Knots: Hanging, Kinship, and the Female Rogue’s Marriage.” NAVSA, Madison, Wisconsin, September 2012.
  • “‘All Blood and Bruises’: Disentangling Rape and Silence in The History of Mary Prince.” Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928), University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK, June 2012.
  • “Doing, Not Drifting: Online Tool Building as Research and Composition.” Computers and Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, June 2012.


Event Organization, Research, and Publishing

  • Co-Organizer, 25th Anniversary Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference, Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC, June 21-24, 2017 (responsible for fundraising, budget, outreach, volunteers, program, website, theme, and design)
  • Member, MLA Working Group, Victorian Race, 2017
  • Presenter & Volunteer, Jane Austen Summer Program, UNC, 2016-
  • Co-Organizer, Boundaries of Literature Symposium, UNC English Graduate Student Association (guests included Elizabeth Grosz and Matthew Kirschenbaum), UNC, 2015-16
  • Fiction Reviewer, Carolina Quarterly, 2014-
  • Assistant Editor, Keats-Shelley Journal, 2012-15
  • Editorial Intern, Keats-Shelley Journal, 2012​
  • Assistant Organizer, Critical Speaker Series, UNC, 2009-10
  • Research Assistant to Beverly Taylor (UNC, 2017), Karen Hagemann (UNC, 2011-12), Eliza Richards (UNC, 2009-10), Gustav Klaus (U Rostock, 2007-9), Tricia Lootens (UGA, 2006-7)


  • Co-Treasurer, British Women Writers Association, 2017
  • Board Member, British Women Writers Association, 2016-
  • President, UNC English Graduate Student Association, 2012-13
  • ​Treasurer & Fundraising Chair, UNC English Graduate Student Association, 2009-12
  • Faculty Search Committee, Professor of British Literature, University of Rostock, 2008-9
  • International Student Affairs Officer, Student Executive Committee, University of Rostock, 2008-9
  • President, Graduate Student Association, University of Rostock, 2008-9
  • Vice-President, Graduate Student Association, University of Rostock, 2007-8


  • Organizer, People, Ideas, and Things  "Works in Progress" Conference (six individual conference, approx. 40 undergraduate speakers each), UNC Writing Program, 2012-17
  • ​Peer Mentoring Committee (Classroom Observation), UNC English Department, 2014-16
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Exposure Curriculum, UNC Writing Program, 2012-13
  • Leader, Pedagogy Interest Group: Teaching with Technology, UNC Writing Program, 2011-12
  • Intern, Studio for Instructional Technologies in English Studies, UNC, 2011-12
  • Editor, People, Ideas, and Things Journal  (Undergraduate Research), UNC Writing Program, 2011-12
  • Graduate Mentoring Program, UNC English Graduate Student Association, 2010-12

Midwest Victorian Studies Association
British Women Writers Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
Southern Conference on British Studies
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
North American Victorian Studies Association
Modern Language Association

English (professional proficiency)
German (native speaker)
Spanish (intermediate proficiency)

French, Latin (elementary proficiency)