From performing the works of Joyce and Doyle as a pub crawl performer in Ireland to providing literacy outreach to juvenile detention centers, the one consistency in my varied background is a deep appreciation for storytelling. For the better part of the last decade, I have worked as an academic librarian where I routinely create learning modules and assessments in support of information literacy. Prior to that, I worked as a Grant Reviewer for the Department of Education. These experiences solidified my interest in creating accessible educational materials that speak to a diversity of learning styles.
A former blogger for Entertainment Weekly, I have presented my research at a number of fan and academic conferences and I am currently working on a project exploring the intersection of gender and trauma in fandom cosplay. Holding an MLIS in Library Science and an MA in American Studies, I am now working toward a Ph.D. in English at Lehigh University. My research interests include American horror film, digital literacy, serialized storytelling, LGBT+ media representation, and Young Adult literature.
I write extensively on horror films and popular culture and I am co-creator of Horror Homeroom, a website/podcast that examines horror narratives from an academic perspective. I am the co-editor of The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in The Walking Dead (McFarland & Company, 2018), and my writing has appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. I am currently working on a new podcast exploring nostalgia and cultural capital in retro television. An advocate for work-life balance, I enjoy camping with family and friends, volunteering at animal rescues, roller-skating, reading, and thrifting.