Assistant Professor

Biography

I'm originally from the northern California coast, and my husband and I have happily settled in rural west Georgia on a beautiful lake in the woods. Outside of academia, I love anything involving the outdoors (and especially backpacking in the mountains), playing and discovering new music, dogs, cooking, and a good Netflix binge now and then.

At UWG, I specialize in 20th century British and postcolonial literatures. My research and teaching also focus on disability studies, queer studies, and feminism. I am currently writing a book on eugenics in transatlantic modernist texts, which examines how authors and activists in the early 20th century participated in a movement away from practices like sterilizing and institutionalizing those deemed unfit. Instead, I argue, modernists uplifted certain queer, disabled, and other people deemed deviant into eugenic progress, fundamentally altering but often preserving eugenics hierarchies of ability, race, gender, and sexuality. I am also working on a second book-length study of the afterlife of eugenics in postcolonial contexts. This project examines how neocolonial practices extend eugenics to the contemporary global south in areas like HIV/AIDS care, reproductive technologies, and environmental injustice.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Oberlin College, 2003
  • M.A., Humboldt State University, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2014