B.A. in English, University of California, Riverside, 2008
M.A. in English, University of California, Riverside, 2012
Susan Zieger (Chair), Adriana Craciun, Seth Lerer (UCSD)
Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Media Entertainments and Technologies, Print Culture, Visual Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature
My dissertation, On Fire: Industrialization, Media Technologies, and the Imagination, 1800-1900, considers the intersecting discourses of entertainment media and industrialization, and argues that fire, in its multiple forms, is a media technology that must be recovered and situated within an archive of animated, moving images. Firelight occupied an increasingly central place in nineteenth-century conversations about art, architecture, popular science, and literature as new lighting and heating technologies superseded traditional wood and coal fires. This dissertation is not merely a description of technological changes that occurred to devices, but a history of Victorian imaginations and an exploration of affective relationships that form around media entertainments.
“Victorians in Pompeii: Vesuvian Pyrodramas and the Grand Tour.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, 2015.
“Painted Words and Pyrotechnic Displays: Synesthesia in M.P. Shiel’s Shapes in the Fire.” Midwestern Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2015.
“‘The Spark of Life’: Fireside Media and (Re)Animation in Our Mutual Friend.” Dickens Universe Winter Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2015.
“Fireside Dickens: Redefining the Hearth as a Proto-Cinematic Spectacle.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2014.
“Printing Narnia: Textual Topographies, Paratextual Maps, and Ordering the Reader’s Narrative Journey.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2013.
“Awakening from the Phantasmagoria: Redefining Children’s Books as Media.” Critical Speculations: Future Worlds, Perilous Histories, and Walter Benjamin Unbound, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, University at Albany-SUNY, Albany, NY, 2012.
Peer Mentor, Graduate Student Mentorship Program, 2014-2015
TA Assistant Director for English 1ABC, 2013-2014
Editor, The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction, 2012-2013
President, UCR Graduate Students in English Association, 2012-2013
Secretary, UCR Graduate Students in English Association, 2011-2012
Publicity Committee Chair, UCR (dis)junctions Conference, 2012
Outstanding Teaching Award, University Writing Program, 2014
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, English, 2013
Second Place, Graduate Student Essay Contest, 2013
Third Place, Graduate Student Essay Contest, 2012