Bio


I am a PhD student in English focusing on 20th and 21st century African American, Latino, and Asian American literature. My dissertation project is an exploration of the multiracial family in 20th century American novels. I graduated with an Honors BA in English with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Utah in 2010.

Honors & Awards


  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT (Feb 2009-June 2010)
  • Lettie Jane Austen Fellowship, English Department, Stanford University (Sept 2010-June 2014)
  • Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, El Centro Chicano y Latino, Stanford University (Sept 2014-Present)
  • Centennial Teaching Award, Stanford Unversity (June 2015)
  • Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University (September 2015-August 2017)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, MLA (2011 - Present)
  • Member, ASA (2011 - Present)
  • Member, MELUS (2011 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • MA, Stanford University, English Literature (2014)
  • BA with Honors, University of Utah, English Literature; minor in African American Studies (2010)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Women's Community Center Graduate Program Coordinator, Stanford University (October 2012 - June 2014)

    Planning events, fundraising, campus outreach

    Location

    433 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA

  • CCSRE Graduate Program Coordinator, Stanford University (June 2014)

    Event planning, campus outreach

    Location

    Stanford, CA

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


My interest lies primarily in contemporary American literature. In particular, I look at representations of the multiracial family American novels. I am currently working on my dissertation in which I analyze novels by Danzy Senna, Nelly Rosario, and Charles Chesnutt, to name a few. I look at the connections between character as a way to understand familial relationships as they are conceived of in 20th and 21st century American novels.