In 2015, I returned to my Alma Mater, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to teach. As an undergraduate, I studied social work, English, and Spanish, and eventually gravitated to English as a primary course of study; as part of the English program, I rediscovered the love I always had for books and creative writing, but more importantly, I discovered how to think, how to probe complex texts for meaning, and how to (try to) capture human experiences and communicate them in new ways. Thus, I completed my B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a second B.A. in Spanish. Eventually, I decided to pursue graduate work in Literary and Textual Studies.
As part of the M.A. program in Literary and Textual Studies at Bowling Green State University, I primarily researched ways in which oppressed groups use literature as an act of subversion. I focused my research on dialect and plantation fiction, American minstrelsy, and post-Civil War African American literature. Thus, I am interested in the power of the word–not only how it can be used to oppress, but how it can be used to resist, subvert, and overcome oppressive forces. I am also very interested in what counts as “texts” (literature) and how pieces of popular culture (theater, film, popular books) contribute to and reflect our larger cultural attitudes. In my research, I seek to understand alternate ways of knowing that extend beyond literacy and into forms of communicating that are not always recognized as legitimate (oral storytelling, non-Standard English) by our larger culture. In my creative work, I continue to explore the interaction between dominant and minority groups. In my most recent work, I draw on personal experience to investigate our larger cultural attitudes about masculinity and femininity and how such attitudes contribute to violence against women.
In teaching, I work to bring the above concepts into my classrooms at UWGB. I seek to acknowledge alternate ways of knowing and learning, to help students understand and respect diversity and differing worldviews, and to draw on traditional pedagogy, yet tailor my teaching to include new and non-traditional ways of communicating. I am very interested in using new technologies in conjunction with traditional forms of teaching. I work to incorporate technologies into my classroom that can make content more accessible, engaging, and familiar to students using various platforms.
In the winter of 2017, I presented at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Faculty Development conference as part of a panel on “Humanizing Online Learning.” In 2018, I again presented at the conference on making content accessible for students and using visual design elements. Click here for examples of how I use technology in the classroom, here for digital humanities projects, or here to view my curriculum vitae.