I am a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University, participating in the Literature, Social Justice, and Environment (LSJE) initiative in the Department of English.
My area of scholarship is 19th through 21st-century American literature, film, and television. I am particularly interested in issues of race, gender, and place. My dissertation uses these interests to investigate the flourishing of monsters in contemporary American television, film, and literature. The omnipresence of monsters begs the question: Why monsters? Why has current cultural discourse become so thoroughly invaded by monsters? What purposes might be served by deploying monsters in contemporary works? Why are they so hugely popular? And, why are some monsters horrifying and others sympathetic? My dissertation project, tentatively entitled More Human Than Human: American Monsters, seeks to address these questions by contextualizing trends in monster depictions, analyzing current philosophical discourse about the monstrous, and developing monster theory as a more robust method of critical inquiry that allows us to question how cultural categories of the normative and the monstrous are constructed, transgressed, enforced, eroded, and reconstructed.
Please use the links above for information on my current teaching, publications, and service, including my work as the co-director of the 47th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association.