Elizabeth Ricketts is a native New Jerseyan and third year doctoral candidate at USF. Prior to her move to the Sunshine State to pursue her PhD in Literature, Elizabeth taught middle and high school English for ten years in the public school system. She received an undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education at College of New Jersey, a master’s degree in English and Humanities, and a certificate in Teaching English at the Community College from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her research and teaching interests include Irish and Irish-American modern and contemporary literature, postcolonial theory, feminism, and digital humanities and pedagogy. At USF, she has taught Composition courses as well as Literature 2000. She has served on the Literature 2000 curriculum revision committee and on the FYC team as both a mentor and curriculum writer. In addition to yearly participation in the American Conference for Irish Studies, she has attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities on “Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Some of her proudest achievements including hiking a volcano in Costa Rica and a glacier in Iceland, having encyclopedia-quality knowledge of Game of Thrones, slowly running three half marathons, and directing four middle school plays, which bears a striking similarity to herding cats.
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