I’m a professor by trade, a lover of stories by heart, and a huge nerd all around. I earned my PhD in English from the Ohio State University in 2013, where I learned the wonders of having an intellectual community to sustain me. From there, I got my start in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where I earned tenure in 2020. Two years later I transitioned out of English and into Interdisciplinary Studies so I could dedicate myself to teaching in and directing the US Ethnic Studies minor. In my time at UNCA, I also had the privilege of teaching in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor as well as the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I (like so many others) did some serious introspection. It led me on an unexpected and unconventional (albeit increasingly common) path: back home.