I am a Visiting Lecturer in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the English department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the past I have also taught Writing and English at Truman College (a public community college in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood) and gender and women’s studies, literature, writing, and humanities courses at Loyola University Chicago and The Illinois Institute of Technology

I am a PhD candidate at Loyola University Chicago in English with a concentration in Women Studies and Gender StudiesI received an MA in English from Loyola in 2008 and a BA in English with a minor in International Studies from The University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2006.

I’m a Visiting Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD Candidate at Loyola University Chicago in English with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies. I earned my MA in English from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 and my BA in English from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2006. My work theorizes gender and race rooted in decolonial and gender-expansive futures. Some of my work appears in Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (2014) and Difficult Subjects: Insights and Strategies for Teaching about Race, Sexuality and Gender (Forthcoming). In my dissertation, Identity Positivity: Making Space for Possibility, I explore work by gender and sexually variant writers and artists in the US and advocate for theory on gender and race that affirms all kinds of identity—including identities yet to be articulated. My teaching and research interests include transgender studies, queer theory, decolonial queer and trans of color critique, women of color feminism, postcolonial literatures, and contemporary literature of the Americas.

My pronouns are they/them/their.