- Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- 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
Works in Progress
- Continual Reading: Modern Adaptations and Victorian Reading Practices
This book 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.
- “Co-Narrating like a Child: Adding the ‘Interesting Bits’ to Peter Pan.” Currently being revised for resubmission to Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.
- “Continual Reading: from the Victorian Circulating Library to Amazon’s Kindle Worlds.” Under review.
- “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.
- 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/.
- 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
- “Victorian Fan Fiction and Its Readers.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Reception Studies Society (RSS). Philadelphia: 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.
- “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.
Other Professional Experience
- Co-Dramaturg. Rupert Holmes’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Indiana University. Dir. George Pinney. Fall 2014.
- Speaker. “Dramatizing the Novel.” Genre: A Useful Category of Analysis. Victorian Studies Program. Fall 2013.
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Fall 2015-Present.
- Teaching Fellow, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Fall 2012-present.
- Associate Instructor, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Fall 2007-Spring 2012.
- Research Assistant for Dr. Joss Marsh: Researching the magic lantern, nineteenth-century theatre, Charles Dickens, and fairy tales. Assisting in the operation of the magic lantern. Summer 2008-2011.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (L348)—Mid-level literature course. Designed and currently teaching 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. Fall 2015, Fall 2016.
- Literature for Adolescents (L376)—Mid-level literature course. Designed and 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. Fall 2016.
- Children’s Literature – Online (L390)—Mid-level literature course delivered completely via the Web using Canvas. Designed and 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. Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016.
- Women and Literature (L207)—Introductory-level literature course. Designed and scheduled to teach 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. Spring 2016.
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. Fall 2013, Spring 2014.
- 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. Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012.
- 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. Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Summer 2015.
- 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. Fall 2008, Spring 2009.
- 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. Fall 2007, Spring 2008.
- 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. Spring 2011.
- 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. Spring 2010.
- 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. Fall 2009.
- “Peter Pan and his Readers.” L390: Children’s Literature. Professor Ray Hedin. Indiana University. Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013.
- “Riddle Me This: Puzzling Children in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” L390: Children’s Literature. Professor Michael Adams. Indiana University. Spring 2012.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Online Education Promotion Video Committee—designing and editing a promotional video for online course offerings at IUPUI. Fall 2015-Fall 2016.
- English Week Committee—organizing a week-long event to recruit new students, foster community within the department, and celebrate student accomplishments. Fall 2016.
- Reader for IUPUI English Department’s Assessment Initiative – provided feedback for the department’s annual assessment of student writing. Summer 2016.
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
- Modern Language Association
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
- International Society for the Study of Narrative
- Nineteenth-Century Theatre Caucus
- French. Good reading and speaking skills. Indiana University proficiency exam certified.
- Spanish. Basic reading skills. Indiana University proficiency exam certified.