I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation, “Autobiographical Subjects: Disability and Social Identity in Fictional Life Writing,” offers a transhistorical, transnational reading of the novel’s coevolution with life writing genres to illustrate that even as autobiographical discourses empower the social subject, they perpetuate inequality through the exclusion of particular voices.
From 2011-2019, I taught literature, composition, and gender and women’s studies classes at the University of Illinois. I currently teach English at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School and for the Odyssey Project, an interdisciplinary humanities adult education program. I am also the blog editor and website manager for the International Auto/Biography Association Students and New Scholars Network.
I am committed to community engagement and social justice, and I have worked and volunteered for programs that promote educational equity, including the Odyssey Project, Urbana Adult Education, and Upward Bound. I have also served as advisor to activist and community-service student groups including Students Demand Action and Golden Z at the University of Illinois.