My professional research and teaching interests center on Environmental Literature and Pedagogy, and my personal passion is to help empower others to access and engage with the natural world. Broadly, my work approaches the arts and humanities through an ecocritical lens and examines the role of natural and built environments in the range of texts I study. More specifically, my scholarship explores the ways in which human desires and aesthetic preferences impact the natural world and considers the environmental consequences of our personal preferences. With the aim of reaching a broader audience, I share my work in a variety of formats, from academic and literary journals, to interdisciplinary sustainability workshops, to podcasts and live storytelling events. In terms of teaching, helping students connect with the natural world is the core of my pedagogy. From writing grants to fund excursions to Mount Rainier National Park, to developing a gear lending library and spending my free time out on the trails with students, I view helping students develop the skills and confidence to venture into the natural world as the cornerstone of my job. As my observations reveal, not only can this be a transformative experience for students personally, but having first-hand experience in the natural world also fosters new engagement with issues of sustainability and the global environmental crisis.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
• “‘The Strata of My History’: Reading the Ecological Chronotope in Wendell Berry’s That Distant Land.” Forthcoming in Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language (Spring 2019)
• “‘Go to the Place that Hurts’: Confronting a History of Violence in Toni Morrison’s Margaret Garner.” Forthcoming in Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis 4 (2019).
• “Green Burial, Home Burial: A Return to Redbud Hill.” Forthcoming in The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy (Spring 2019)
• “The Ecocritical Implications of Downing’s Influence on Poe’s Landscape Aesthetic.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 19.2 (2018): 250-73.
• “A More Complete Ahab: Into the Darkness of Moby-Dick.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 17.1 (2017). Co-authored with Dr. Andrea Modarres.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter
• “Fishbowl.” The Pocket Instructor: Literature. William Gleason and Diana Fuss, eds. Princeton UP, 2015.
•“‘The Handiwork of Angels’: Transcending the Picturesque in Poe’s Landscape Tales.” Preparing for submission to Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation.
•“Sending Students out of the Classroom and Into the Wild: An Ecopedagogy.” Preparing for submission to The CEA [College English Association] Forum.
Podcasts and Live Narrative Events
“The Wisdom of a Ten-Year-Old.” Told at the August 2018 Boldly Went Live Event in Poulsbo, WA. To be featured on a forthcoming episode.
•Field Notes: Seventy48. Contributed content for this special episode of the Boldly Went podcast and website, covering the inaugural Seventy48 human-powered boat race, founded in Tacoma, WA.
•Featured Author on four episodes of the Boldly Went Podcast, including “Best Of Season 1”
“The Lesson of Kansas.” Told at the April 2018 Boldly Went Live Event in Tacoma, WA. (Microphone malfunction prevented the narrative from being recorded for the podcast.)
“Dismantling Imposter Syndrome in the Central Cascade Range.” Featured on Episode 50 and awarded Best Narrative at the November 2017 Boldly Went Live Event in Tacoma, WA.
“Let the Giver Give.” Featured on Episode 34 and awarded Best Narrative at the July 2017 Boldly Went Live Event in Tacoma, WA.
“Relentless Forward Progress.” Featured on Episodes 17 and 36 and awarded Best Narrative at the April 2017 Boldly Went Live Event in Tacoma, WA and selected as “Best of Season 1” (for being one of the most downloaded narratives of the season.)