Research

-Current Projects-

  • Writing a chapter on nostalgia as a means of dread-building in the film Summer of ’84
  • Developing an information literacy and assessment modules package for the Nursing division
  • Co-editing a special issue on Lovecraft Country
  • Developing and recording the first season of Television on Trial, a new public humanities podcast that examines social issues through the lends of retro television programming

-Library Research-

Having started my career as a Youth Services librarian, it is perhaps not surprising that youth literature figures prominently as one of my core research interests. My scholarship on this front includes an examination of whitewashing practices used on book covers, a rhetorical analysis of YA Twitter, a critique of the ValueTales children’s book series, and a look at the visual representation of American slavery in Historical Fiction picture books. Currently, I am interested in exploring strategies to integrate information literacy skills into college and university curricula. This includes traditional practices, such as embedded librarian programs, and open source practices, such as dedicated YouTube playlists with supplemental assessment exercises.

-Public Humanities Research-

My interest in public humanities pedagogy began as part of the coursework for my MA in which I worked with three other students to produce a documentary short on food insecurity in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that aired on our local PBS station. I pursued this interest through my work as part of The Veterans Empathy Project, an oral history archive that examined the lived experiences of military personnel who enlisted to serve after September 11, 2001. Most recently, I was awarded a 2020 summer grant through the Humanities Center at Lehigh University that enabled me to design and produce When the Woman Screams, an original, multi-part podcast series exploring the historical and cultural meanings of women’s screams in horror films. Currently, I am working on a Humanities centered podcast that considers the intersection of historical memory and nostalgia through the lens of classic television—investigating how race, gender, and class contribute to those framings. The first season will grapple with issues such as suspect profiling, gentrification, and police brutality in the television sitcom Barney Miller. Connecting these projects is a deep desire to share knowledge across borders and beyond the walls of academia. I also continue to work on Horror Homeroom, a website I co-created over five years ago that examines the cultural messaging within horror narratives and that is expressly designed to foster conversations between horror fans inside and outside of the academy. I have written extensively for the website, as well as creating podcasts and flipbooks on topics of special interest. My interest in information architecture continues to evolve and I intend to keep learning additional ways to publicize digital humanities projects beyond social media.