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I love this painting which imagines a procession of Shakespeare’s characters. Which can you name?

 

EDUCATION


Doctor of Philosophy, English Literature, Emory University                                       in progress

  • Dissertation: “Race and Melancholy in Early Modern English Literature”
  • Advisor/Chair: Patricia Cahill

Master of Arts, English & American Literature, University of Houston                              2014

  • Advisor: John McNamara
  • Thesis: “’Studying Inventions Fine:’ Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella as Poetic Tragedy”

Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude), English (honors), Morehouse College                   2011

  • Advisors: Sonya Loftis and Consuela Bennett
  • Honors Thesis: “’Speak again:’ Psychosexuality and Surrealism in Shakespeare’s King Lear

Semester Abroad, Goldsmiths, University of London                                                           2009

 

PUBLICATIONS


“Tintern Abbey Recollected: Wordsworth’s Architecture of Memory,” Plaza: Dialogues in Language and Literature Vol. 4, No. 1 (2014).

 

FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS


Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship (2014-current)

Kharen Fulton Graduate Diversity Award Recipient (2017-18)

Emory Center for Faculty Development & Excellence Teaching Mini-Grant (Fall 2016)

Folger Shakespeare Library, Folger Institute Symposium Mini-Grant (Fall 2016)

Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Internship, Michael C. Carlos Museum (2016-17)

 

SELECTED CONFERENCES


“Rough Tongues: Race and Silence in Webster’s The White Devil,” Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference. South-Central Renaissance Conference, Austin, 2017

Early Modern Theater and Conversion, Folger Institute Symposium, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., 2016

“It is my humour”: Ability, Empire, and the Inadequate Body in The Merchant of Venice,” Critical Juncture Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, 2016.

“’Speak of me as I am’: Sexual Disease and the Black Othello,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Sixteenth Century Studies, Vancouver, 2015.

“’Speak of me as I am’: Disease and Disposition in Shakespeare’s Othello,” Society for Disability Studies Conference. Society for Disability Studies, Atlanta, 2015.

“Roundtable: What is a Disability Literature Canon?” Society for Disability Studies Conference. Society for Disability Studies, Atlanta, 2015.

“’Studying inventions fine’: Reading Aristotle in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella,” 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, 2015.

Astrophil and Stella: The Sonnet Sequence as Tragedy,” Panel: Bodies of Texts/Texts as Bodies. South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, 2013.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


Early Modern/Renaissance studies; Shakespeare; Disability Studies; Race; Digital Humanities; Performance studies; Pop culture

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 


Emory University                                                                                                      Atlanta, GA

Instructor, First Year Writing Program (2016-17)

  • ENG 101: Expository Writing (Theme: The Ethics of Immortality)
  • ENG 181: Writing About Literature (Theme: Around About Shakespeare)

Teaching Assistant, English Department (2015-16)

  • ENG 314W: Renaissance Literature: 1485-1603, Prof. Jonathan Goldberg (Fall 2015)
  • ENG 256W: British Literature: 1660-Present, Prof. Paul Kelleher (Spring 2016)

Lone Star College, North Harris                                                                             Houston, TX

Adjunct Instructor, English Department (2012-14)

  • ENG 0309: Piloted Advanced Developmental Reading & Writing (Spring 2014)
  • ENG 0307: Developmental Writing II (Spring/Summer/Fall 2013)
  • ENG 0305: Developmental Reading II (Fall 2012/Fall 2013)
  • ENG 0306: Developmental Writing I (Fall 2012)

Match Charter High School                                                                                     Boston, MA

Teaching Assistant and Tutor, Match Corps (2011-12)

  • 9th Grade Speech and Composition (primary Teaching Assistant)
  • 9th Grade Algebra, English, History, Physics (Tutor)
  • 10Th Grade Geometry, English, History, Biology, Test Prep (Tutor)
  • 11th Grade Pre-Calculus, English, World History, Chemistry, SAT Prep (Tutor)

 

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP


Assistant Curator, Desire & Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare (2016-17)

  • Andrew W. Mellon-funded internship at the Michael C. Carlos Museum for an exhibition highlighting the museum’s vast collections in indigenous American art and European works on paper, centered around Theodor de Bry’s Americae and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Led by curator Andrea McKenzie.

Assistant Curator, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare! (2016)

  • Andrew Mellon internship to help design an exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum which hosted Shakespeare’s First Folio on temporary loan and tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library during the Year of Shakespeare at Emory and Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. Led by curator Andrea McKenzie.

Lead Curator, All The World’s an eStage: Shakespeare Postcards in a Digital Age (2016-17)

  • Exhibit showcasing the newly redesigned postcard and performance studies site, Shakespeare & the Players, located in and funded by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Robert W. Woodruff Library. Exhibit was a part of the year-long celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary happening around the University and the world.

 

DIGITAL PROJECTS


Project Lead and Manager, Shakespeare and the Players (2015-17)

  • Educational online collection and exhibition of over 1,000 Shakespearean actor postcards from the 19th-early 20th Collection was originally curated and managed by Prof. Harry Rusche (Dept. of English) from 1990s-2015. Oversaw site migration to WordPress in 2015-16.

Web Designer and Manager, Emory Black Graduate Students Association (2015-16)

  • New online home (WordPress) for the organization which serves the professional interests of hundreds of black graduate and professional students across the University; serves as digital template for similar organizations across campus

 

INVITED TALKS


Panelist, “In Search of Henry VI: Disability and Agency in Shakespeare’s Histories,” Disability Studies Initiative (2017)

Gallery Talk, “The New World in the Age of Shakespeare,” Michael C. Carlos Museum (2017)

Lecturer, “Shakespeare the Poet & His Antiquity,” Michael C. Carlos Museum (2016)

Discussion Leader, Carlos Reads YA! Romeo & Juliet, Michael C. Carlos Museum (2016)

Lecturer, “Shakespeare’s Four Folios,” Exhibit Docent Training, Michael C. Carlos Museum (2016)

Lecturer, “Unlocking Shakespeare’s (Other) Folios,” Stuart A. Rose Manuscript & Rare Book Library (2016)

Lecturer, “What’s In A Page?: Presenting Shakespeare’s Folios,” Stuart A. Rose Manuscript & Rare Book Library (2016)

Gallery Talk, “All the Worlds an eStage: Shakespeare Postcards in a Digital Age,” Center for Digital Scholarship (2016)

Discussant, “Facing Ethical Issues in Humanities Work,” Jones Program in Ethics (2016)

Discussant, “Discussing Social Justice in the Classroom,” Jones Program in Ethics (2016)

Moderator, “Diversity in Action: Life as a Graduate Student,” Laney Graduate School (2016)

Lecturer, “The Physiology of Mercy in Shakespeare’s Comedies,” English Department Graduate Colloquy (2014)

 

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY


Conference Organizer, Critical Juncture Interdisciplinary Conference (2018)

President, Emory Early Modern & Medieval Colloquium (2016-current)

Member, Emory President’s Task Force on Slave Legacies (2017-current)

Ambassador, Laney Graduate School Diversity, Community, and Inclusion Office (2015-current)

Treasurer, Emory Black Graduate Student Association (2015-2017)

Search Committee, Laney Graduate School Senior Administrative Position (2016)

Committee Member, University Committee on Racial Justice, Faculty Recruitment and Retention (2016)

Treasurer, Emory Early Modern & Medieval Colloquium (2015-16)

Graduate Student Advisor, Emory College Black Student Union (2015-16)

Writing Center Tutor, Rollins School of Public Health (2015)

SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT


Guest Lecturer, “Digital Scholarship and Museum Exhibits at Emory,” ENG 780, Prof. Sheila Cavanagh (2017)

Guest Lecturer, “Shakespeare’s First Folio,” ENG 311: Shakespeare, Prof. Sheila Cavanagh (2016)

Discussant, “Key Terms: Rhetorical Situation,” First Year Writing Program instructional video (2016)

Coordinator, Emory English Graduate Students Colloquy Lecture Series (2015-16)

Organizer/Moderator, Early Modern Disability Studies Symposium & Lecture Series (2015-16)

Guest Lecturer, “Philip Sidney’s Defence of Poesy.” ENG 314W: Renaissance Literature, Prof. Jonathan Goldberg (2015)

 

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY 


Conference Organizer, Critical Juncture Interdisciplinary Conference (2018)

Organizer, Graduate Application Series, Morehouse College English Department (2016-current)

Organizer, Voter Registration Drive and Election Carpool Service, Emory BGSA (2016)

Organizer, Books for Black Barbershops Initiative, Emory BGSA (2016-17)

Panelist, “Expectations for Black Graduate Students.” McNair Scholars, Morehouse College (2016)

Community Service Chair, Morehouse College Alumni Association – Houston (2012-14)

Curatorial Volunteer, Houston Museum of African American Culture (2013-14)

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


Modern Language Association (MLA)

Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)

Society for Disability Studies (SDS)

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Sixteenth Century Society (SCSC)

International Sidney Society

Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

College Language Association (CLA)

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY


French (excellent – reading, speaking), Italian (beginner – reading)

 

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY


WordPress

Final Cut Pro X

iMovie

Adobe PhotoShop

Omeka

ArtSTOR/Shared Shelf

Prezi

MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)