ABD English, Concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, Loyola University Chicago (Expected Summer 2018)
MA English, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2008
BA English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, 2006
My dissertation, Identity Positivity utilizes postcolonial, indigenous, and critical race studies to address how self-determination relates to multiple forms of identity. I define identity positivity as affirming all types of identity, including identities and identity categories not yet formed. I analyze this concept in relation to pluralism, cosmopolitanism, and multiculturalism and explore the need for visions of future possibility that take into account identities in formation (such as asexual and nonbinary identities) while also taking account of the impact of colonization, which continues to limit possible gender and sexual variance in the US today. The decolonial identity positivity I define affirms the multiplicity of identifications found in transnational and diasporic traditions that are often elided in Eurocentric queer and transgender theory.
“‘The Least We Can Do’: Gender-Affirming Pedagogy for College Classrooms across Disciplines Starting on Day One.” Difficult Subjects: Insights and Strategies for Teaching about Race, Sexuality and Gender. Eds. Badia Ahad-Legardy and OiYan Poon. (Forthcoming).
“Radical Identities: Asexuality and Contemporary Articulations of Identity.” Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. Eds. Karli June Cerankowski and Megan Milks. New York: Routledge (2014).
“An Interview with J. California Cooper.” The Writer’s Chronicle. 40.2 (2007): 8-15.
PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
Roundtable: Unsettling the Classroom: Queer & Trans* Perspectives on Resisting Colonial Legacies. National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada. November 2016.
“Co-creating and Co-conspiring in the Classroom: Multiple Investments in Decolonizing (Trans)gender Pedagogy.” Panel: Safety for Whom?: Decolonizing Pedagogy and Exploring Complicity When Teaching Trans* Studies. International Trans* Studies Conference. Tucson, AZ. September 2016.
“Rethinking Hybridity/Reimagining Identity Borders.” Panel: Bodies/Acts/Pedagogies. El Mundo Zurdo 2013: Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa Conference. San Antonio, TX. November 2013.
“‘Born This Way’ vs. ‘Play This Way’: Preferences, Orientations, and Other Constructions of Sexual and Gender Identities.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO. November 2011.
“Queer Studies and the Extension of the Asexual Critique.” University of Wisconsin System LGBTQ Conference. Madison, WI. March 2011.
“Choice and a Potentially Post-Racial World: Transnational/Transgender Approaches to Race in Twentieth-Century African American Literature.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2010.
“Open the Book, Risk Losing the Work: Transmuting Oral Works to Written Documents.” Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 2007.
“Teaching Student Futures of Unknown Possibility.” Part of panel: Identity Politics and the Environment of the Classroom. Salem College, sponsored by the Center for Women Writers. September 2017.
“Gender-Affirming Pedagogy.” Blackburn College, sponsored by the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Services. February 2017.
“Power, Creativity, and Identity in and beyond the Binary.” Blackburn College, sponsored by the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Services. February 2017.
“Bullying, Bold Leadership, and How It Gets Better.” Invited workshop. Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. March 2012.
“Transgender and Gender Variance 101.” Invited workshop. University of Nebraska at Kearney, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. March 2012
“What does the Bible say about LGBTQ people?” Co-presented with T Nowacki. University of Nebraska at Kearney, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. March 2012
Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago Aug 2014-present
- Teach GWS 101: Gender in Everyday Life, GWS 203: Sexuality and Communities, and GWS 294:Introduction to Transgender Studies.
- Integrate blogging and video production into individual and group research projects.
- Develop course blogs as supplementary multimedia texts in courses. Utilize social media and
- blogging as method of developing shared knowledges.
- Mentor and advise students on preparing for graduate school, and developing strategies for networking and for navigating resources on and off campus.
Adjunct Instructor, Loyola University Chicago Fall 2010, Fall 2014, and Spring 2017
- Teach WSGS 297: Introduction to Transgender Studies in Spring 2017.
- Taught UCWR 110: College Writing Seminar during Fall 2010 and Fall 2014 semesters.
- Utilized course blogs for distributing student work among class.
Adjunct Instructor, Truman Community College Jan 2011-May 2011 and Aug 2013-May 2016
- Taught writing and literature courses (ENGL 101, ENGL 102, LIT 110).
- Worked on course-specific curriculum and assessment committees to ensure departmental and district requirements were met.
Adjunct Instructor, Illinois Institute of Technology Jan-May 2011
- Taught HUM 380: Jazz in American Culture.
- Developed multimedia course blog as a supplementary text.
Graduate Assistant, Loyola University Chicago Aug 2006-May 2010
- Performed various roles during this 4-year assistantship in Loyola’s English Department including writing tutor, teaching assistant, instructor, and digital humanities research assistant.
- Taught WSGS 283/ENGL 293: Women in Literature during Fall 2008.
- Taught UCWR: 110: College Writing Seminar in Fall 2007 and Spring 2008.
- Assisted WSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies Gender Studies/English 289: Society in Literature, Spring 2010, Dr. Suzanne Bost
- Assisted WSGS 306/English 306: Studies in Women Writers, Fall 2008, Dr. J. Brooks Bouson
- “Gender Attribution Systems” and “Transgender Representation.” THTR 305: Theatre Workshop. Loyola University Chicago. Instructor: Ann Shanahan, February and March 2017.
- “Introduction to Transgender Studies,” Guest Lecture, ENGL 354: Contemporary Critical Theory. Loyola University Chicago. Instructor: Suzanne Bost, April 2011.
- “Feminist Pedagogy and the College Writing Class,” Guest Lecture, ENGL 402: Teaching College Writing. Loyola University Chicago. Instructor: Victoria Anderson, February 2011.
OTHER RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Dual Credit Faculty Coordinator, Truman Community College July 2015-Dec 2016
- Supervised, evaluated, and mentored high school teachers in creating appropriate and effective assignments, pedagogical approaches, and assessment methods.
- Acted as liaison between high school teachers and Truman Communications Department chairs
- Served on department assessment committees to ensure compliance with standards set by the Truman College Communications Department and City Colleges Chicago district.
- Worked with Truman deans, department chairs, the district discipline committee, and dual credit staff on an ongoing basis.
- Followed documentation procedures in keeping with department and district standards.
Program Assistant, Loyola Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program Aug 2013-May 2014
- Under supervision of WSGS director, managed all program finances including check requests, budget transfers, reimbursement requests, university credit card, transaction reconciliation, and all required documentation
- Provided administrative support to WSGS administrators, faculty, and steering committee.
- Organized and facilitated on-campus events such as invited lectures, panel presentations, film screenings, student award presentations, and faculty social events. Recruited co-sponsoring units and student volunteers.
- Assisted in program outreach to students, faculty, and the wider university community through print and electronic media, meetings, and classroom visits.
- Assisted in drafting a proposal to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science for administrative staff, space for a resource center, and tenure-track line (proposal for staff and space eventually approved).
- Developed and implemented a long-term marketing strategy utilizing print, electronic, and social media.
- Developed and organized online archive of event photographs.
- Created handbook for future program assistants with all information, repeating work cycles, and due dates.
Editorial & Program Assistant, Midwest Modern Language Association Aug 2011-May 2013
- Assisted the Executive Director in editorial decisions for The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association and acted as managing book review editor and copy editor.
- Assisted the Associate Director in: maintaining membership databases and correspondence, preparing The Journal for publication, and preparing for and running the annual conference.
- Wrote, edited, and designed web content and print materials (MMLA website, The Journal, and conference program).
- Developed and implemented a social media strategy for the association and its annual conference.
- Created handbook for future editorial and program assistant with all information, repeating work cycles, and instructions for software use.
- After the position term ended, I was brought on as a consultant and helped train two new staff on conference organization. Led organizational team for the duration of the MMLA conference in November 2013.
Editorial Contributor, Gay Chicago Magazine June 2009-July 2011
- Wrote a twice-monthly column entitled “Keeping It Queer” (under the title “Feminist Thoughts” for the first year).
- Brought elements of feminist and queer theory to a general queer audience.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE
Youth Worker and Creative Expression Facilitator, Youth Lounge Lakeview, April 2010-Aug 2014
- Worked with other volunteers to offer a safe and affirming environment for youth in Lakeview, many of whom are LGBTQ and experiencing homelessness.
- Participated in organizing meals, programming, and resource gathering.
- Engaged in conflict de-escalation and restorative justice conflict resolution.
- Facilitated on-site group for writing and creative expression.
- Organized and led on-site open mic.
- Participated in efforts to protect youth and fight racism and classism during a time of heightened scrutiny against youth in Lakeview during the summer of 2011. Led efforts to write letter of complaint to Chicago Police Department and published work on the topic on a personal blog, on Huffington Post, and in Windy City Times.
Social Networking Coordinator, Gay Liberation Network Nov 2008-Feb 2010
- Helped organize Chicago-area demonstrations and direct action in support of equal rights on the basis of sexual orientation.
- Wrote and distributed press releases and email blasts, managed blogs and social media, and promoted events and campaigns.
- Periodically chaired organizational meetings and spoke at rallies.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Merit Award Graduate Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, Department of English, 2011-2014.
Merit Award Graduate Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, Department of English, 2006-2010.
Conference Travel Grant awarded by the Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing in July 2007.
Best Paper in Literary Criticism awarded at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Language and Literature Conference in April 2005.
- 2016-2017 – Faculty Advisor, Queer and Transgender People of Color in GWS Student
Group, University of Illinois at Chicago
- 2016 – Panel Organizer and Moderator, “Transgender and Gender Variant Health Panel,”
University of Illinois at Chicago
- 2011 – Panel Moderator, “Fabricating the Body,” Midwest Modern Language Association
- 2008-2011 – Co-Organizer, Feminist Pedagogy Discussion Group, Loyola University Chicago
- 2008-2010 – Mentor, English Graduate Student Mentorship Program, Loyola University
- 2009 – Co-organizer, “A Tribute to Eve Sedgwick,” Loyola University Chicago
- 2009 – Research Assistant for Romantic Circles, Peer-Reviewed Website
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Travel Award, Office of Graduate Studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2016
Travel Award, Office of Graduate Studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2013
Travel Award, Office of Graduate Studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2011
Travel Award, Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, 2007
Travel Award, Office of Graduate Studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2007
2016-2017 National Women’s Studies Association
2013-2014 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
2012-2014 Modern Language Association
2006-2013 Midwest Modern Language Association
Available upon request.