As a Teaching Fellow in the English department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I teach courses in rhetoric & composition, literature, film, and the medical humanities. I am committed to a rigorous, inclusive, and anti-racist pedagogy–an approach to studying literature and history that grapples with complex texts by drawing on the insights of a diverse and vibrant community. With the help of exceptional students and supportive peers and mentors, I’ve been fortunate to be recognized with three teaching awards, including the most prestigious honor available to graduate students, the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2018)
My ENGL 144: Popular Genres follows four genres (horror, fantasy, detective fiction, and science fiction) from the nineteenth century to now. The course covers short stories, poetry, novels, films, and comics as students examine (and enjoy!) popular genres. We consider aesthetic form, historical context, philosophical conundrums, and socio-political issues of class, gender, race, and ideology. Most broadly, students use this class to scrutinize the putative distinctions that are said to separate popular and genre fiction from literary fiction.
Additionally, I served as a Teaching Assistant for ENGL 268: Literature, Medicine, and Culture. This interdisciplinary medical humanities course focuses on a conceptual chiasmus: the medicalization of culture and the acculturation of medicine. Students work across a range of texts to consider the history of medicine, medical ethics, narrative medicine, and medical anthropology.
Most frequently, I teach the university’s introductory course in composition & rhetoric, ENGL 105: Writing Across the Disciplines. This workshop class teaches students to research, write, persuade, and analyze–in short, to argue. Through a series of projects spanning written, oral, and digital communication, the class hones understanding and command of three disciplinary fields: the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Apart from my classroom teaching, I have served as a Graduate Research Assistant for two courses: CMPL 142: Visual Culture & ENGL 344: Literature of the American West. As a GRC, I work with students one-on-one to develop and refine research projects.