I am a doctoral candidate in Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) at Virginia Tech, an interdisciplinary and theory-based program. As the former editor of SPECTRA: the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archive, a peer reviewed scholarly journal hosted at Virginia Tech, I oversaw the publication of two special issues. The most recent of the two, “Unraveling Health, Risk, and Violence Across Social Difference,” built on the journal’s history of publishing pieces that take intellectual risks. In this issue a combination of articles, commentary, book reviews, and an interview with public historians engage with issues of biopolitics, the origins and implications of new vaccines, pandemic pedagogy, and Civil War Monuments in the public sphere, among other topics.

I am a Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence Fellow, and in 2019 I was a Diversity Scholar through the Graduate School at Virginia Tech. During my tenure as a Diversity Scholar, I conducted research about Virginia Tech’s climate and culture toward body diversity. I’m also a Roothbert Fellow and recipient of Berea College’s 2018 and 2019 Olive Ruth Russell Fellowship, which is presented annually to an alumna pursuing graduate study.

Originally from Ripplemead, Virginia, I studied Theatre at Berea College and English Literature at Virginia Tech. Outside of my academic degrees, I’ve completed theater and teaching  internship programs at Bread and Puppet Theater (puppetry), Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (costuming), Trinity Repertory Company (lighting), and the National Humanities Center (humanities curriculum).

My scholarly pursuits focus on art and social change. My central research question explores how material objects at Bread and Puppet Theater express ideological positions and subvert or maintain social structures, demonstrating how special attention to objects of protest may benefit social justice movements.

Prior to starting my doctoral program I worked for seven years as a journalist in West Virginia, writing for The Register-Herald and the Associated Press. Doing this work, I focused on state and local government, covering environmental and natural disasters, and highlighting Appalachian culture.

My favorite hobbies are taking road trips, playing the card game Rook, writing, and gal-pal potlucks.