PhD candidate at the University of Iowa. Studying 19th and 20th century American literature. Research Assistant in the Walt Whitman Archive. Teaching Assistant in the Writing Center.

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa where I study nineteenth-century U.S. literature. My research interests include Media Studies, Poetry and Poetics, Literary Theory, and Digital Humanities.

I am on fellowship finishing my dissertation, The Documentary Turn in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature, 1850–1877. Additionally, I am the project creator and lead developer of Mapping Whitman's Correspondence (i.e. "Whitmap"), a collaborative DH project that includes members of The Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Iowa's Public Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio. My forthcoming chapter, "'All thy wide geographies': Reading Whitman's Epistolary Database" (Cambridge University Press, 2019), uses data gathered from this project to analyze the ways in which Whitman's epistolary activity and the geographic distribution of letters influenced his poetry and prose. Whitmap also has been developed from the ground up to be used as a pedagogical tool, offering teachers and students a means of exploring a dataset which has received far less attention than the poet's published materials.

Currently, I work as a Research Assistant in The Walt Whitman Archive. In the past, I have taught Foundations of the English Major, as well as tutored in the Writing Center. During my MA, I also taught Rhetoric and Composition 1 and 2 at Marquette University. In Spring 2020, I will serve as an editor for the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

Scholarly Portfolio

Recent Conferences

“'figures cannot lie’: Documenting Novel Sources in Antebellum U.S. Literature,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Birmingham, AL, November 4, 2018.

“Animating Whitman’s Correspondence: Pedagogy and Practice,” American Literature Association (ALA), Boston, MA, November 27, 2017.

“Postwar Appendage: Paratext and Reconstruction in Herman Melville’s Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War,” American Studies Association (ASA), Denver CO, November 18, 2016.

“Aestheticizing the Archive: Documentary Poetics in Charles Reznikoff’s Holocaust,” American Literature Association (ALA), The Holocaust in Contemporary American Jewish Literature organized by the Society for American Jewish Literature,” San Francisco CA, May 27, 2016.

“Off the Grid: Hurston’s Racial Geography in Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Craft Critique Culture (CCC), University of Iowa, April 8–9, 2016.


"Documenting Novel Sources in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature," South Atlantic Review, 2019 (forthcoming).

"'All thy wide geographies': Reading Whitman's Epistolary Database," New Whitman Studies, 2019 (forthcoming).

"Toward a More Perfect Union: Whitman, Ekphrasis, and the Daguerreotype," Ekphrasis in American Poetry: The Colonial Period to the 21st Century, 2015.

"Making Data Fit: What Digital Repackaging Can do for the Humanities," Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, 2017.


My dissertation examines the emergence of documentary aesthetics in nineteenth-century U.S. literature. I argue that the intersection of literary and non-literary texts radically altered, extended, and redefined the limits of what could be expressed in novels, poetry, and phototextual materials. Documents especially were creatively redeployed as a means of more precisely interrogating conceptions of race, gender, class, and nation. Responding to a political climate marked by intense “compromise,” writers of documentary literature deployed “source” material as a means of explicitly engaging the social and political concerns that pressed most urgently on their readers.

Research and Teaching

Research Assistant

Walt Whitman Archive: Correspondence Project, Image Gallery, Journalism, Encyclopedia

Teaching Assistant

Foundations of the English Major
Writing Center
Rhetoric and Composition 1 & 2 (Marquette University)