I am an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities at Hiram College, a coeducational liberal arts college in Northeast Ohio. Trained as a literary historian, I bring my interests in narrative, discourse, and textual analysis to the interdisciplinary study of health and health care.
My research examines the cultural politics of health in the United States from the 18th century to the present. My current book project, a literary and cultural history of 19th century American health discourse, analyzes the means by which a behaviorist ideal of self-care was instilled as the primary health ideology in the United States. My broader scholarly interests include life writing, gender studies, and the digital humanities. I am also a writer of creative nonfiction and keenly interested in publicly-engaged scholarship and pedagogy.
At Hiram, I teach courses on illness narrative, narrative bioethics, the history of medicine, and health and social justice. I also teach in the Writing Across the Curriculum program for first-year students, and serve as an advisor for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. I am passionate about developing interdisciplinary courses that help us think critically, creatively, and collaboratively about the role of the humanities in the 21st century. To this end, I am pleased to be working with Hiram's unique Center for Literature and Medicine, and to be an early adopter of Hiram's Tech and Trek initiative, which seeks to find innovate ways to integrate the use of "mindful technology" into the liberal arts classroom.
Originally from western Pennsylvania, I earned a bachelor's degree in English from Vassar College, a master's degree in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. Prior to embarking on my doctoral studies, I lived in England for several years, working, variously, as a bookseller, a bartender, a bilingual preschool teacher, and a secondary school literature instructor.