My dissertation examines the use of private letters as source material for published works that imagine new public relationships to history and to each other at pivotal political moments in 18th century Britain and 20th century America. Central authors in include Alexander Pope, Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft, Dodie Bellamy and other New Narrative writers.
Alongside my literary studies, I have worked extensively in writing program administration; I held the position of Graduate Student Assistant Director of the Odegaard Writing and Research Center which serves writers from first-year through grad-school who are writing in any department or college at UW. After a year in the A.D. position at OWRC, I became the first director of the Interdisciplinary Writing Studio for a subset of the humanistic social sciences: American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, Geography, and Gender Women and Sexuality Studies. During this time, I also held the position of Assistant to the Director of Writing for the College of Arts and Sciences at UW.
I now work as Program and Events Manager at the Simpson Center for the Humanities and am completing my PhD.