I am a doctoral candidate in English at Oklahoma State University, studying American literature and Rhetoric and Composition. Currently, I am all but dissertation, having defended a qualifying paper in indigenous rhetorics, and taken a qualifying exam in Multi-Ethnic American literature. I’m working on my dissertation, and I will be adjuncting for the University of Central Oklahoma this fall. 

In the past, I’ve served as an assistant director for first year writing and in the writing center. I’ve taught first year composition, as well as advanced composition, and also introduction to literature.

All of this work (and the fact that I’m a bibliomaniac) means that I read quite a bit, and writing helps me process what I’ve read so that I can figure out how it fits with previous research, and how future research will expand and modify my thinking.

I also write about personal experiences, which sometimes overlap with my academic work and sometimes don’t. 

This blog is a space for writing that’s less formal than a research paper, but that requires a bit more thought and organization than my notebooks. My research interests focus on ethnography, questions of authenticity, identity formation, race issues, and the rhetoric of place and space.

The posts here will range between the exploration of academics, to nonfiction/memoir pieces–a wide range of personal to academic and everything in between.

All opinions are my own and do not reflect the stances of Oklahoma State University, or of the University of Central Oklahoma. 

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