I am a PhD Candidate and instructor in English Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation, “Autobiographical Subjects: Disability and Social Identity in Fictional Life Writing 1950-2018,” offers a transhistorical, transnational reading of the novel’s coevolution with autobiographical genres to illustrate that even as autobiographical discourses empower the social subject, they perpetuate inequality through the exclusion of particular voices.

I teach literature, composition, and gender and women’s studies classes at the University of Illinois, and I serve as a volunteer to ESL and Citizenship classes at Urbana Adult Education. I am also the blog editor and website manager for the International Auto/Biography Association Students and New Scholars Network.