Academic Work

The University of Central Florida – Orlando, Florida

M.F.A. Fiction (2019 expected graduation)

Wheaton College – Wheaton, Illinois

B.A. English Writing, Minor Sociology (Family Studies)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

“The Veil en Vogue: The Fashion Industry’s Re-Veiling Movement.” Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race. Notre Dame University. 4 March 2017.

“Coming Down a Reggae Wire: The Political Appropriation of Language in the Dub Poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson.” Making Literature Conference. Taylor University. 3 March 2017.

“The Oven Bird Problem.” Making Literature Conference. Taylor University. 3 March 2017.

“Of Poetics and Praise: Emily Dickinson and C.S. Lewis in Conversation on the Romantic and Sacramental Imagination.” 2016 Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Spring Arbor University, Michigan. 19 February 2016.

“The Gendering of the Post-9/11 Literary Discourse in Ian McEwan’s Saturday.” 2016 Literary Colloquium. Patrick Henry College, Virginia. 23 April 2016.

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CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE:

Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College 2016

2016 Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Spring Arbor

Interfaith Youth Core, 2016 Leadership Institute, Atlanta

International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) 2012, 2014

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ACADEMIC WRITING:

“Systemic Sexual Abuse in Christian Congregations” – Wheaton Writing: A Journal of Academic Essays

AWARDS:

Wheaton College Alumni Association, Senior Scholarship Recipient

2016 Recipient: Jameson Critical Essay Contest, 3rd Place Social Science – “Systemic Sexual Abuse in Christian Congregations”

Outstanding First Year Student Award, Wheaton College Class of 2017

2013, 2014, 2015 Recipient: Dean’s List 

2014 and 2015 Recipient: Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest, Wheaton College, 2nd Place Fiction

National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) – 1st Place Awards, state level: Lincoln Douglas debate, Lincoln Douglas speaker award, Speech Sweepstakes, Apologetics, Illustrated Oratory, Biographical Narrative

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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Post-Colonial Studies, Ethnic & Minority Literature, Women Writers, Sociology, Post-9/11 Literary Discourse

Six Weeks Studying Abroad, Wheaton in England: Studied writing through immersion in British culture at key sites including London and Cambridge.

PUBLIC SPEAKING:

I competed in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) for five years. As a competitor, I came in 1st Place in both Lincoln Douglas debate and Sweepstakes at two consecutive tournaments. I also received 1st Place awards in LD Speaker, Apologetics, Illustrated Oratory and Biographical Narrative. The link to my Illustrated Oratory on the political messages in Dr. Seuss stories is included.

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