I currently serve as Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, where I am also Associate Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a four-year initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
In June 2016 I completed the PhD in English at the University of Washington. My dissertation, "Sorrow Brought Forth Joy": Feelings of Faith in American Literature, focuses on theories of affect and emotion and representations of religious experience across American literary texts.
In 2012, I started a graduate student affinity group at UW on the topic of teaching with technology; beginning in the fall of 2013, this informal collaborative became an interdisciplinary Graduate Interest Group under a grant from the Simpson Center for the Humanities. Members of our group used HASTAC extensively to connect with people beyond our campus who were working in this area, and to share our work more widely. For two years during graduate school, I served as a liaison between the UW English Department and regional high school teachers of English, an engagement that informed my digital public scholarship pilot project Spar, a collaboration designed to assess and encourage the use of digital humanities resources in rural high school classrooms in the Pacific Northwest.
In my current role at the Simpson Center, I work closely with UW faculty and graduate students, as well as institutional partners in the region, to develop new models for doctoral education and professional development in the humanities.