Instructor of English

Biography

Teaching Philosophy:

Students in my English classes, ranging from 1101 to 2190, learn argument and how thinking in terms of context, content, and audience guide the writing process, from brainstorming to the final product. This includes a heavy focus on intersectional perspectives and developing their own cultural criticism via text.

Research Fields:

I have several professional areas of interest that occupy my academic research: Game studies, particularly video and trading card games as pedagogical and community-building tools. Discourse acquisition in niche cultures/communities such as fan-made communities and fanfiction. Collaborative learning through group activities, discussions, experiential learning, and workshops. Literary studies in feminism, popular culture, and the horror genre, specifically as influenced by the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Film history and analysis, particularly animation and horror, and the use of film as a text for introductory analysis.

Publication and Professional Development:

My fiction and nonfiction lean toward the weird or horrific. I'm currently working on a Victorian-era supernatural novel, but I've also had work published in anthologies. Additionally, I have served as the Victorian era expert on, and have subsequently offered critical analysis for, fandom-related panels for the past two years at a variety of conventions focusing on the intersection of horror, history, and anime/manga in fan-dominated spaces.

Education / Degrees

  • A.A., Integrated Studies, Clayton State University, 2001
  • B.A., Bachelor of English, Kennesaw State University, 2004
  • M.A., Master of Composition and Rhetoric, Kennesaw State University, 2009