I am a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Purdue University. Prior to coming to Purdue I received an MA in English Literature from the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) and a BA in English and Fine Arts from Skidmore College.
My research focuses on the works of authors of the Harlem and Southern Renaissances, with particular attention to authors such as William Faulkner, Ellen Glasgow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright. However, I also have an interest in more contemporary African American authors, such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.
My dissertation project looks at the agrarian and agrarianism in novels of the Harlem Renaissance and Southern Renaissance. I argue that these two separate literary movements are engaged in various forms in reimagining, criticizing, and negotiating the agrarian as it relates to contemporary concerns of race, gender, public spaces, and national identity.