Academia

Academia

I’m currently a PhD candidate at the Ohio State University, where I study folklore, literature, and the places where they intersect. My areas of interest include fairy tales and their adaptations, 19th century literature, folk narrative, disability studies, speculative fiction, supernatural folklore, and queer theory.

I hold a BA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Folklore from George Mason University. I have also studied abroad at Oxford University: Mansfield College, where I was fully matriculated in the tutorial system for a year, and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Publications:

Articles

2016 – Humanities – Special Issue “Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture” – “Becoming the Labyrinth: Negotiating Magical Space and Identity in Puella Magi Madoka Magica” (co-authored with Erin Kathleen Bahl)

2015 – Louise Pound: A Folklore and Literature Miscellany – Issue 1 – “Beasts and Bluebeards: Reader Reception, the Fairy Tale, and Jane Eyre” (co-authored with Brittany Warman)

2013 – Supernatural Studies – Issue 1.1 – “‘The Darkness Has Too Much to Offer’: Revising the Gothic Vampire”

Academic Reviews

2016 – Journal of American Folklore – Review of Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag ed. Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye

2015 – Marvels and Tales – Review of George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity by Daniel Gabelman

2015 – Marvels and Tales – Review of Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Ann Schmiesing

2014 – Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts – Review of The Irish Fairy Tale: A Narrative Tradition from the Middle Ages to Yeats and Stephens by Vito Carrassi (forthcoming)

2014 – Journal of Folklore Research ­– Review of Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy by Anne Duggan

2012 – Folklore Forum – Review of “Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts” by Sandra L. Beckett

Conference Papers

2016 – The American Folklore Society 2016 Annual Meeting
Miami, FL
Presented Paper: “Nothing, My Lord”: A Creative Response to Untellability and Gender in Cinderella (ATU 510B) and King Lear Scholarship

2016 – Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic
Kingston, UK
Presented Paper: “His wild beast’s fondness or his madman’s rage”: Disability, Folklore, and the Gothic in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

2016 – The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Orlando, FL
Presented Paper: “She Had a Wolf in Her Mind”: Disability, Madness and Epistemology inGeorge MacDonald’s Fairy Tales

2015 – The American Folklore Society 2015 Annual Meeting
Long Beach, CA
Presented Paper: “Lamps and Levity: the Dis/abled, Embodied Experience in George MacDonald’s Fairy Tales”

2015 – Babel Working Group Conference
Toronto, Canada
Presented Paper: “Your Deformity Scare Appears: Negotiating Disability and Disfigurement in Beauty and the Beast Tales”

2015 – Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
Presented Paper: “Hybrid Bodies, Unruly Minds: Constructing Disability in the Fantastic Literature of Catherynne M. Valente”

2015 – The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Orlando, FL
Presented Paper: “Porphyro is Dead: Exploring Narrative Ambiguity and Folkloric Intertexts in Keats’ ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’”

2014 – The American Folklore Society 2014 Annual Meeting
Santa Fe, NM
Presented Paper: “Love and Be Silent: Fairy Tale Conventions in Shakespeare’s King Lear

2014 – The International Conference on Romanticism
Minneapolis, MN
Presented Paper: “Wordsworth, the Folk, and Folklore: Strategies of Appropriation and Adaptation”

2014 – International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts
Orlando, FL
Presented Paper: “Dreaming a Liminal Empire: The Body and the City in Catherynne M. Valente’s Palimpsest

2014 – The Ohio State University/ Indiana University Student Conference
Columbus, OH
Presented Paper: “Dreaming a Liminal Empire: The Body and the City in Catherynne M. Valente’s Palimpsest”

2014 – International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts
Orlando, FL
Presented Paper: “Dreaming a Liminal Empire: The Body and the City in Catherynne M. Valente’s Palimpsest

2013 – American Folklore Society 2013 Annual Meeting
Providence, RI
Presented Paper: “Wordsworth, the Folk, and Folklore: Strategies of Appropriation and Adaptation”

2013 – John Douglas Taylor Conference: You Can’t Be Serious
Ontario, Canada
Presented Paper: “Riffing the Canon: Creative Criticism for Popular Culture,” co-written with Kerry Kaleba

2013 – International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Orlando, FL
Presented Paper : “’The Darkness Has Too Much To Offer’: Revising the Gothic Vampire

2013 – Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture Conference
Strawberry Hill, UK
Presented Paper: “’I live in you; and you would die for me’: Transgressive Love and the Gothic Vampire”

2012 – American Folklore Society 2012 Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
Presented Paper: “Beauty and the Beast Within: New Visions of Monstrosity in an Old Tale”

2012 – International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Orlando, FL
Presented Paper: “Beauty and the Beast Within”

2011 – American Folklore Society 2011 Annual Meeting
Bloomington, IN
Presented Paper: “Facing the Other: An Exploration of War and its Aftermath in Robin McKinley’s Sunshine

2011 – Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display
Paris, France
Presented Paper: “Gobble It Up: A Thanksgiving Extravaganza”

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