I graduated from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) in 2013 with a double major in Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature, as well as a minor in French Studies and a certificate from the CIVICUS Living and Learning Program. I entered the PhD program in English at UNC in fall 2013. Since then, I have been studying popular and professional rhetorics of health and medicine while teaching courses for the UNC Writing Program and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

My research interests include rhetorics of health and medicine, disability studies, digital rhetoric, feminist rhetorics, and writing in the disciplines. My dissertation project, “Rhetorics of Patient Empowerment: Leveraging Lyme Disease and the Future of Chronic Illness,” examines how patients negotiate the process of maintaining good health and advocate for their healthcare needs.

Oriole “Ori” the cat: a gray striped tabby sitting on top of a blanket to the left of a laptop.

When I’m not on campus, you might find me drinking tea lattes at local coffee shops, reading The Washington Post Magazine, or exploring the many farmer’s markets and festivals that come to the Triangle. I also enjoy experimenting with new recipes and playing with my cat, Oriole!