In a previous life, I was a photographer based in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, I went back to school at Texas A&M University, where I majored in Philosophy and French, with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2015.
I am currently a PhD student in the Department of English at Texas A&M University where I study gender and sexuality in film and visual media. I am interested both in representations of lesbian sex in cinema, as well as how lesbians produce visual content as a means of expressing sexual identity and building community around particular sex practices.
In the past two years I have taught a variety of writing courses, including Intro to Rhetoric and Composition and Writing About Literature, both of which I have approached through the framework of media literacy. My most recent Writing About Literature course was organized under the thematic umbrella of "Utopia as Social Critique," a concept that allowed us to investigate how creative texts engage in critical reflection on and revision of the social world. Students learned how to analyze and articulate how the aesthetic style and narrative logic of a text interact with social realities across time in order to produce a variety of potential meanings both normative and subversive.
In addition to studying and teaching, I am co-founder (along with two of my colleagues, Caitlin Brenner and Nicole Jackson Wilson) of Texas A&M First Generation Academics, a support group for graduate students and faculty who are the first in their families to go to college.
While in school, I have regularly contributed public scholarship to a variety of online publications, most notably Pop Matters, for whom I served as Associate Film Editor from 2016-2017.