Assistant Professor of English
Texas Christian University
Interests: digital humanities, new media studies, and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature.
PhD, English Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2018
Dissertation: "'This, reader, is no fiction': The Rhetorical Uses of Reader Address in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novel"
Committee Chairs: Kenneth Price and Matthew Jockers
Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fall 2015
MA, English Literature, University of Rochester, August 2013
BA, English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, April 2012
BPhil, English Literature, University of Pittsburgh Honor's College, April 2012
Certificate, Russian and Eastern European Studies, April 2012
“Interactive Fiction in the Humanities Classroom: How to Create Interactive Text Games Using Twine.” The Programming Historian, proposal accepted.
“Computation as Context: New Approaches to the Close/Distant Reading Debate.” College Literature, under peer-review.
"Digital Pedagogy in the Americanist Classroom." A review essay for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, August 2020.
Primary Author, "From a distance 'you might mistake her for a man': A Closer Reading of Gender and Character Action in Jane Eyre, The Law and the Lady, and A Brilliant Woman." DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 2018. With Peter Capuano, Julius Fredrick, and Matthew Jockers. (peer-reviewed)
"Understanding Gender and Character Agency in the 19th Century Novel." Journal of Cultural Analytics, Genre Cluster, 2016. With Matthew Jockers. (peer-reviewed)
"Exploring the Intersection of Public and Private Authorial Voice in the Works of Willa Cather." DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, DH Special Issue, 2015. With Laura Dimmit, Chandler Warren, and James Wehrwein. (peer-reviewed)
"Traversing the Tree: Exploring Ontological and Pragmatic Approaches to Markup Theory in Digital Humanities." Forbes & Fifth: A Journal sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Pittsburgh, spring 2012.
Essay Collections and Book Chapters
"Making Feminist Games in the Gender Studies and Literature Classroom." MLA Volume: Teaching Games and Games Studies in the Literature Classroom, proposal accepted.
"Subversive Game Mechanics in the Portal and Fatal Frame Franchises: Having Your Cake and Eating it Too." Feminist War Games, ed. Jon Saklofske. New York: Routledge, December 2019.
"'You must tell me just what to do': Action and Characterization in Wharton's The Age of Innocence." Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence: New Centenary Essays, ed. Arielle Zibrak. London: Palgrave and Macmillan, November 2019.
"Geospatial Approaches to Reading and Teaching My Ántonia." In The Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Ántonia, ed. Stéphanie Durrans. Nanterre: University of Paris Press, 2017. 73-87. With Emily Rau.
XML, TEI, and related technologies including: XPath, XSLT, and SVG
Ruby (programming language)
R (programming language)
Schematron and Relax NG Schema Language
Content management systems including: WordPress, Google Pages, and Drupal,
Geographic Information Systems, including ArcGIS and QGIS
Twine and Inform7
Research and Work Experience
Coordinator for the University of Nebraska’s Literary Lab, fall 2014-summer 2018
Graduate Student Representative for Novel TM: A Multi-University Digital Humanities Initiative, fall 2014-summer 2018
Assistant Editor for the Willa Cather Archive, fall 2013-summer 2018
Contractor for Apple, spring 2015-spring 2017
Assistant Editor for the Walt Whitman Archive, spring and summer 2014
Assistant Editor for the William Blake Archive, fall 2012-fall 2013
Assistant Programmer for Digital Initiatives, fall 2012-spring 2013
Awards and Honors
Department of English teaching award, TCU, spring 2020.
Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award Nominee, TCU, spring 2019, spring 2020.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s English Department Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Research
and Creative Activities Award, 2018.
Best poster presentation, "Mapping Imagined and Experienced Places: An Exploration of the Geography of Willa Cather’s Writing.: Digital Humanities 2016. With Emily Rau.
Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers, second place, for best graduate student essay, "'Truth in a Calm World': Wallace Stevens and the Emergence of Being." University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015.
J.K. and Gertrude Miller Award, first place, for best essay on Literary or Cultural Theory, "Traversing the Tree: Exploring Ontological and Pragmatic Approaches to Markup in Digital Literary Studies." University of Pittsburgh, 2012.
University of Nebraska Teaching Assistantship, fall 2013-spring 2018
University of Nebraska Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellowship, 2016
University of Nebraska Othmer Fellowship, fall 2013-fall 2016
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, summer 2014
University of Pittsburgh’s Brackenridge Research Fellowship, summer-fall 2011
Panels and Presentations
Accepted: "Computation as Context: New Approaches to the Close/Distant Reading Debate." MLA. Seattle, WA. 2020
Accepted: "An Infinitude of Associations: Computational Approaches to the Rhetoric of Punctuation." MLA. Seattle, WA. 2020
Panelist and Panel Chair, "Computationally Examining Gender at Scale." Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. Chicago, IL. 2018.
"The Rhetorical Uses of Reader Address in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novel." Digital Humanities. Mexico City, Mexico. 2018.
Panelist, "The Complete Letters of Willa Cather: Creating A Major New Resource for the Study of Willa Cather." Willa Cather International Seminar. Pittsburgh, PA. 2017. With Andrew Jewell, Melissa Homestead, Kari Ronning, Emily Rau, and Lori Nevole.
"Digital Approaches to Mapping the Great Plains." Great Plains Symposium. Lincoln, NE. 2017.
"Mapping Imagined and Experienced Places: An Exploration of the Geography of Willa Cather's Writing." Digital Humanities. Krakow, Poland. 2016. With Emily Rau.
"Who’s Doing What?: Examining The Relationships Among Subjectivity, Agency, and Syntax In The 19th Century Novel." Digital Humanities. Krakow, Poland. 2016. With Jonathan Cheng.
"Understanding Gender and Character Agency in the 19th Century Novel." International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference. Chicago, IL. 2016.
"Inanimate Agency in the Gothic Novel." Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference. Lincoln, Nebraska. 2016. With Jonathan Cheng.
"A Sincere Performance: Situating Cather in the 20th Century Culture of Personality." Willa Cather Spring Conference. Red Cloud, NE. 2016.
"Editing Blake’s Chaotic Interface: Digital Approaches to William Blake's The Four Zoas." The Joint Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing. Lincoln, NE. 2015.
"Imagined and Experienced Places: a Geographical Mapping of the Locations in Willa Cather's Letters." The Willa Cather International Seminar. Lincoln, NE. 2015.
"Virtual Equality: Gendering the Gaming World." Women’s Week. Lincoln, NE. 2015. With Kiyomi Deards, Megan Vokal, Karin Dalziel, Jonathan Cheng, and Emily Price.
"Exploring the Intersection of Public and Private Authorial Voice in the Works of Willa Cather." Digital Humanities. Lausanne, Switzerland. 2014. With Laura Dimmit, Chandler Warren, and James Wehrwein.
"Materiality, Ownership, and the Desire for Textual Possession in Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves." Reading Then and Now. Charlottesville, VA. 2014.
"Exploring Speech in Russian Fairy Tales." Midwest Slavic Conference. Columbus, OH. 2012.
"Big Data and the Humanities." Tarrant County College. Fort Worth, TX. Feb 14, 2019.
"What’s the Big Deal about Big Data?" TCU. Fort Worth, TX. March 29, 2019.