Freelance editor with more than a decade of experience
Instructor of literature and composition
Choreographer, dancer, singer
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at Western Michigan University, working on my dissertation, which examines portrayals of physical movement and stillness in Old English saints' lives. I have an M.A. in Medieval English Literatures from the University of York, UK, and a B.A. in Publishing Studies and Dance Performance from Illinois State University. My research often focuses on gender, the body, and sexuality in early medieval literature, particularly that of northwestern Europe, but I am also interested in Modernism, World War I poetry, medievalisms, the body in literature, and women's history and writing more generally.
When I'm not writing my dissertation, I'm working in academic publishing. I am the Marketing Coordinator for Medieval Institute Publications, the Managing Editor for Arc Humanities Press, and the acquisitions editor for Arc's Teaching the Middle Ages series. I have also worked as a freelance editor since 2008, providing copy editing, proofreading, and formatting services to a variety of customers, both academic and trade. I am proficient in Chicago, MLA, and APA styles and can confidently adjust to work with house styles when needed.
At Western Michigan University, I have taught Thought and Writing (freshman composition), Literary Interpretation, and British Literature I. In my teaching, I aim to design learning activities that take into account all learning types, to provide students with skills that can be transferred into their individual majors and career paths, and to help students enjoy reading and understand literature in new ways.
I also enjoy performing in Early Music Michigan, an early music choir based in Kalamazoo, MI. I was a member of Illinois State University's pre-professional dance company, Illinois State Dance Theater, and have continued choreographing in concert dance and musical/historical theater performances since graduating from Illinois State, including a full-length work titled "Cosmic Dance" in conjunction with Early Music Michigan.