cv & publications

You can view my full CV here anytime you want to! Here’s the run-down on:

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 after that, I transitioned out of English and into Interdisciplinary Studies so I could dedicate myself to directing and teaching in 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. Now live in California’s beautiful central coast and teach in the Ethnic Studies department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Public Writing

I’ve been proud to count myself among the incredible writers and bibliophiles at Book Riot since 2021. I mostly write about all the amazing stuff I’m reading at any given moment — it’s an awesome gig! You can check out my posts on the latest and greatest in all things bookish by visiting my Book Riot contributor page.

Creative Writing

“Feeder Fish” in Strange Horizons, 18 March 2024.

“What Are You?” In Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism. Ed. Nikki Khanna, NYU Press, 2020, pp. 155-161. DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479832477.003.0022

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Borders.” In The Routledge Companion to Politics and Literature in English. Ed. Matthew Stratton, Routledge, 2023. DOI: 10.4324/9781003038009-43

“‘Erasure is a bitch, isn’t it?’: Deborah Miranda’s Feminist Geographies and Native Women’s Life Writing.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, Special Issue: “California (Indians) Dreamin’: Bad Indians and Literary Strategies of Change,” vol. 33, no. 1-2, 2021: pp. 55-81. DOI: 10.1353/ail.2021.0004

“Writing Toward Action: Mapping an Affinity Poetics in Craig Santos Perez’s from unincorporated territory.” NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, vol. 6, no. 2, 2019. pp. 3-29. DOI: 10.5749/natiindistudj.6.2.0003

“(Dis)Integrating Borders: Crossing Literal/Literary Boundaries in Tropic of Orange and The People of Paper.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 42, no. 3, 2017, pp. 102-128. DOI: 10.1093/melus/mlx047

“Under Lynching’s Shadow: Grimké’s Call for Domestic Reconfiguration in Rachel”African American Review, vol. 47, no. 2-3, 2014, pp. 391-402. DOI: 10.1353/afa.2014.0048