INSTRUCTION HISTORY | WORK | RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
ENGLISH 1183: WORD AND IMAGE WITH A FOCUS ON “GENDER EUPHORIA”
Course Description: A lot of us have spent a lot of the past two years staring at our screens, but even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, questions about our humanity have come into focus against the increased use of digital devices. What/who do we become when we plug into cyberspace? What possibilities exist in the digital world, and at what cost? Inspired in part by Legacy Russell’s book Glitch Feminism, we will begin to answer this question through the analytical lens of embodied euphoria in queer cyberspace. Over the semester, we will engage with widely varied cultural texts—including poetry, films, games, art, theory, and more—by contemporary trans and queer creators thinking about body, gender, land, and joy both IRL/AFK and digitally. Their art offers the opportunity to consider how we find (dis)embodiment through affirmation, kinship, dejection, and resistance across cyberspace even as our virtual worlds become more and more privatized, destructive, and censored. Through our own writing and reflection on these texts, we will define for ourselves how queer perspectives on virtual ecologies can guide us in our current moment and beyond.
LITERATURES IN ENGLISH 2785: COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
Reader for Professor Greg Londe.
PERFORMING & MEDIA ARTS 3754: SPOKEN WORD AND HIPHOP
Assistant to Professor Karen Jaime.
WRITING 7100: TEACHING FIRST-YEAR WRITING
Co-facilitator for Professor David Faulkner.
ENGLISH 1183: WORD AND IMAGE WITH A FOCUS ON “TENDER QUEER FUTURES”
Course Description: We are living in deeply uncertain times. It is easy to sometimes feel that the world is at the edge of apocalypse; however, there are powerful examples of resilience, such as the Black Lives Matter uprisings, local mutual aid activism, and coordinated responses to COVID-19. How can we imagine futures that are visionary instead of directionless? Inspired by José Esteban Muñoz’s seminal text Cruising Utopia and his conception of queer futurity, we will begin to answer this question through the analytical lens of tender queer futures. Over the semester, we will engage with widely varied cultural texts—including poetry, films, games, art, theory, and more—by contemporary queer creators. Their art is not disruptive in the sense of bombs, violence, and viruses; instead, their works act as a revolution of form that pushes boundaries and demands justice. And through our own writing and reflection on these texts, we will define for ourselves how intimacy, humor, beauty, and grief can guide us in our current moment and beyond.
CORNELL DEANS MELLON MAYS GRADUATE FELLOW
Pursuing a Literatures in English doctoral degree, with an emphasis on queer of color lyricism.
MELLON MAYS UNDERGRADUATE FELLOW
Chosen as part of a cohort of five to engage in intensive graduate school preparatory course.
KNIGHT INSTITUTE INTERN
Worked as a writing tutor and met with students through virtual meetings. Received biweekly training at staff meetings.
Supported fundraising team's efforts to manage and grow organization's $14 million annual budget. Coordinated grants calendar, database management, metric updates, and deliverable reporting.
Oversaw community relations, design, and social media at premier mural-making nonprofit. Acted as lead on website relaunch, including RFP creation, vendor selection, and all copywriting.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER (VOLUNTEER)
Offered input at monthly committee visioning meetings to increase diversity in nonprofits. Selected 2017 undergraduate scholarship recipients through application review and interviews.
Full CV can be provided upon request.