- Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Teaching Fellow, English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Fall 2013-Spring 2014.
- Associate Instructor, English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Fall 2007-Spring 2012.
- Ph.D. in English, minor in Victorian Studies, May 2015.
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Under the direction of Dr. Andrew H. Miller and Dr. Joss Marsh
- M.A. in English, 2008.
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- B.A. in English and French, summa cum laude, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006.
Minor in Secondary Education of English Language Arts, with certification
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Research and Teaching Interests
- Victorian Studies, British Literature, Young Adult and Children’s Literature, History of the Book, 19th-Century Novel, Media Studies, Theatre History, Narrative Theory, English Language Arts
- “Co-Narrating like a Child: Adding the ‘Blots’ and ‘Interesting Bits’ to Peter Pan.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. 43.2. Forthcoming May 2018.
- “The Neverending Story.” Books to Film: Cinematic Adaptations of Literary Works, Vol. 2. Gale/Cengage. Forthcoming 2018.
- “Pickwick’s Other Papers: Continually Reading Dickens.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 44.1 (2016):19-41.
- “The Oliver! Phenomenon; or, ‘Please sir, we want more and more!’” Co-written with Joss Marsh. Essays and Studies. 65 (2012): 150-170. Dickens Bicentenary Special Issue, Dickens and Modernity. Ed Juliet John.
- Karen E. Laird, The Art of Adapting Victorian Literature, 1848-1920: Dramatizing Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and The Woman in White. Forthcoming in Victorian Studies.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
- “A Christmas Carol.” Books to Film: Cinematic Adaptations of Literary Works, Vol. 3. Gale/Cengage. Forthcoming 2018.
- “Victorian Fan Fiction and its Readers.” History of Fandom Collection. Ed. Daniel Morris. Bloomsbury Academic.
- Continual Reading: Victorian Reading Practices and their Modern Manifestations
This book, based on my dissertation, first recovers a process of “continual reading” that encouraged Victorian readers to pursue the novel beyond its pages. It then establishes the influences that Victorian reading practices continue to exert on our current intertextual and interactive reading culture.
- William Riley Parker Prize in British Literature. Indiana University, 2015.
- Patrick Brantlinger Dissertation Fellowship. Indiana University. Victorian Studies Program. 2014-2015.
- NEH Summer Scholar. “Performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage, and Screen.” Dickens Project. Summer 2014.
- Teaching Fellow. Indiana University, Department of English. 2013-2014.
- Albert Wertheim Dissertation Fellowship. Performance Studies. Indiana University Department of English. 2012-2013.
- Dickens Universe graduate representative from Indiana University at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 2011.
- Culbertson Teaching Award nominee. 2010 & 2011. Indiana University, Department of English.
- Culbertson-McNutt Fellowship. Indiana University, Department of English. 2007-08.
Upcoming Conference Presentations
- “The Victorian Roots of Fan Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), San Francisco, CA. March 2018.
- “Saving the Worst for Last: Activism in Dystopian Series Fiction.” Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Cincinnati, OH: November 2017.
- “The Expanding Worlds of YA Literature: A New Category of Fanfiction.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL), Toronto, Ontario: July 2017.
- “Victorian Fan Fiction and its Readers.” Fandom and Reception Studies Society. Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, PA: January 2017.
- “Representing Reading in Neo-Victorian Continuations of Peter Pan.” Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA). St. Louis: November 2016.
- “Melodrama and the Circulating Library: Reading Jane Eyre Socially.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Phoenix: November 2016.
- “Reanimating Reading: Animated Sequences in Live-Action Films.” Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), Columbus, OH: June 2016.
- “The Afterlife of the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Children’s Literature Association (ChLA). Austin: January 2016.
- “Loving Pan and Hating Peter: Recent Responses to Peter Pan.” Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), Richmond: June 2015.
- “Co-writing with an Intrusive Narrator.” Narrative. Chicago: March 2015.
- “Co-Creating Fictional Worlds Online: Hugh Howey and Kindle Publishing.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). Vancouver: January, 2015.
- “The Unsolvable Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Theatre Circle, Indiana University. Co-Dramaturg. Rupert Holmes’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Indiana University. Dir. George Pinney. September 2014.
- “Pickwick’s Other Papers.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Chicago: January, 2014.
- “The Pleasures of Continual Reading.” Phenomenology of Reading: Experiencing Literature Today. Temple University, Philadelphia: October, 2013.
- “Continuations of Pickwick’s Perambulations: Reading the Serialized Novel.” Victorian Networks. North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). University of Madison, Wisconsin: September, 2012.
- “Continually Performing the Completion of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Performance and Play. North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Vanderbilt University, Nashville: November, 2011.
- “Continually Reading Peter Pan.” Victorian Futures. The Dickens Project. University of California, Santa Cruz: July 2011.
- “Continually Reading Peter Pan.” The Sincerest Form. Notre Dame Graduate Student Conference, South Bend, IN: March, 2011.
- “Singing the Secret: Wilkie Collins and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.” Regarding Iteration: Narratives of Imitation and Innovation. Louisiana State University Graduate Student Conference. Baton Rouge, LA: February, 2010.
- Streaky Bacon: A Guide to Victorian Adaptations. Launched in 2016, the curated website publishes short essays on Victorian adaptations. I am a founding editor of the site. www.streakybacon.net .
- Participant (Pleasant Riderhood). “Our Mutual Friend Tweets.” Part of the Birkbeck Our Mutual Friend Reading Project. http://dickensourmutualfriend.wordpress.com/ Fall 2014-Spring 2015.
- “Digital Continuations of Victorian Classics.” Journal of Victorian Culture Online. October 14, 2013. http://myblogs.informa.com/jvc/2013/10/14/digital-continuations-of-victorian-classics/.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (L348)—Mid-level literature course. Taught a course on the novel and short fiction in the Romantic and Victorian eras. Coverage includes the domestic novel, the sensation novel, the realist novel, detective fiction, gothic fiction, publishing history, and literary afterlives. FA15, FA16, FA17.
- Literature for Adolescents (L376)—Mid-level literature course. Currently teaching a course on issues related to the development, audience, purpose, significance, and censorship of young adult literature. Coverage includes a range of texts from the 1970s through the present today that deal with issues of sexuality, race, otherness, disability, technology, and fan cultures. FA16, SP17.
- Children’s Literature [Online and Face-to-Face] (L390)—Mid-level literature course delivered completely via the Web using Canvas. Currently teaching a course on the history, form, culture, and pedagogy of children’s literature. Coverage includes early children’s texts, fairy tales, classics from the golden age, multi-cultural fiction, graphic novels, and recent popular fiction. Students investigate strategies for analyzing, adapting and evaluating children’s literature. FA15, SP16, SU16, FA16, SP17, SU17, FA17.
- Women and Literature (L207)—Introductory-level literature course. Taught a course on approaches to the critical study of women writers in British and American literature. Coverage includes the history of authorship, feminist theory, 19th-21st-century fiction, realism, post-colonialism, and speculative fiction. SP16.
- English Literature Survey II (L302) – Mid-level literature course. Currently teaching a survey course of British literature from the Romantic through the Modernist periods, which is organized around hashtags that reflect recent cultural and political issues. The course considers the historical origins of these social issues and reflects on the ways in which classic works of literature remain relevant today. Our readings cover a variety of genres (poetry, prose, novels) and we will consider the significance of formal features, as well as their cultural, historical, and political significance.
Indiana University, Bloomington
Instructor of Record
- Introduction to Fiction (L204)—Writing-intensive literature course. Designed and taught a course themed around “Readers Reading Books about Books” that introduced students to the art of fiction and literary analysis. FA13, SP14.
- Professional Writing (W231)—Professional rhetoric and writing course. Taught rhetorical techniques necessary for effective business practices, specifically: job applications, document design, business proposals, and recommendation reports. FA10, FA11, SP12.
- Introduction to College Composition (J101)—Summer Trio program course designed to prepare at-risk, first-generation college students for their first year of college. Taught basic analytical and writing skills in a classroom and small group setting. SU10, SU12, SU15.
- Basic Composition (W131)—First-year composition course for at-risk students and undergraduates with low SAT or ACT verbal scores. Taught basic grammar, analysis, reading, and composition skills. FA08, SP09.
- Elementary Composition (W131)—First-year composition course. Taught college-level reading, analytical and writing skills. Emphasized the importance of cultural studies by assigning historical documents, WWII propaganda, and film. FA07, SP08.
- Children’s Literature (L390)—Mid-level literature course that introduced students to the cultural origins and functions of children’s literature. Wrote and presented lectures on Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Responsible for two sections of weekly discussion. Taught with Professor Ray Hedin. SP11.
- Celebrity: Introduction to Writing and the Study of Literature II (L142)—Literature and writing course that introduced students to basic literary interpretation and historical contextualization. Wrote and presented two lectures on criminal celebrity. Responsible for leading two sections of semi-weekly discussion and collaboratively designing the syllabus. Taught with Professor Joss Marsh. SP10.
- Generational Stories: Introduction to Writing and the Study of Literature I (L141)—Literature and writing course that introduced students to basic literary interpretation and writing skills. Wrote and presented a lecture on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Responsible for leading a bi-weekly discussion section. Taught with Professor Ray Hedin. FA09.
- Children’s Literature Association Indianapolis 2019 Conference Organizing Committee Member.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Online Education Promotion Video Committee—designing and editing a promotional video for online course offerings at IUPUI. FA15-FA16.
- English Week Committee—organizing a week-long event to recruit new students, foster community within the department, and celebrate student accomplishments. FA16.
- Reader for IUPUI English Department’s Assessment Initiative – provided feedback for the department’s annual assessment of student writing. SU16.
Indiana University, Bloomington
- Victorian Studies Bibliography—Compiling titles and descriptions of current Victorian scholarship from a variety of journals. Spring 2009-Spring 2012.
- Conference Organizer for “The End?” international graduate conferences at Indiana University: Fall 2009-Spring 2010.
- Conference Organizer for “Transmission, Translation, and Relocation,” international graduate conference at Indiana University: Fall 2008-Spring 2009.
- Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)—elected for two year term: Fall 2008-Spring 2010. Served as a liaison between faculty and graduate students. Organized informational workshops, lectures, new student orientation, and annual conference. – elected President, Fall 2009-Spring 2010.
- Graduate Student Mentor. IU Department of English. Fall 2007-Fall 2009.
- North American Victorian Studies Association
- Children’s Literature Association
- Modern Language Association
- Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
- Nineteenth-Century Theatre Caucus
- French. Good reading and speaking skills. Indiana University proficiency exam certified.
- Spanish. Basic reading skills. Indiana University proficiency exam certified.