BA in English Literature and Secondary Education, High Point University, 2013.
MA in American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2018.
Speculative Fiction, Cognitive Narratology and Poetics, Philosophy of Evolution and Paleontology, Monstrosity, American Literature.
My research concerns the ways in which Darwinian evolutionary theory is narrativizes and understood in American speculative fiction. Specifically, I engage in discourses and narratives featuring dinosaurs and prehistory, arguing that they utilize iconographic and narrative elements commonly associate with traditional dragon lore. I am interested in how evolutionary and dinosaur narratives influence the public debate over evolution and creationism and human relationships with animals and the environment.
“’Let Them Fight’”: A Biocultural Perspective on Kaiju Films,” Ray Browne Conference,
Bowling Green, Ohio, 2018.