I'm a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside, where I work on Victorian literature in relation to both media technologies and the history of evolutionary science. I'm the 2018-2019 graduate student representative to the advisory board for the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), and from 2016 to 2017, I also served as the student representative of UCR's interdepartmental Designated Emphasis program in Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science, or SFCS.
My dissertation, "Scientifically Sound: Auditory Observation in Nineteenth Century Literature and Evolutionary Biology," traces Phonetic Shorthand, Morse code, and Braille—all of which are dot-and-dash writing systems—as they emerged simultaneously in the 1830s and grew in popularity through the latter half of the nineteenth century. This timeline corresponds to the period that Charles Darwin, who embarked on his voyage of the Beagle in 1831, and published the Origin of Species in 1859, was conducting some of his most influential research. By considering nineteenth-century writing practices that use one sense to transcribe another, my research raises questions such as: how do these practices reorient early evolutionary metaphors of “reading” nature? And how did auditory and tactile writing systems shape nineteenth-century scientific epistemologies?
As Darwinian questions of biological inheritance have evolved into present-day studies of DNA and genomics, I also trace these Victorian threads into contemporary spheres, both scientific and science fictional. I have contributed several pieces on Victorian science in young adult fiction and millennial webculture to the British Association of Victorian Studies, and taught science fiction film and television at California State University, Los Angeles.
Website last updated: Currently under construction - October 2018.