I am a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Iowa, and I expect to defend my dissertation in May 2017. Prior to my graduate work, I received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and German from Ball State University.
My dissertation, The Beat Goes On: Women Writers of the Beat Generation, highlights the many women who were vital to the Beat Movement, and recasts the key themes of existing Beat scholarship to offer new ways to think about, read, and teach Beat writing. My research expands knowledge of women’s midcentury writing, and reveals crucial shifts in postwar gender conventions, attitudes toward domestic labor, and forms of female leadership.
My other research interests include 20th and 21st century American literature, gender studies, pedagogical theory, poetry, apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, book history, book studies, and book arts.