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Arizona State University, Tempe
2020 PhD in English (Literature)

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
2013 MLitt, merit, in Literature, Culture, and Place


University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso 
2011 BA, magna cum laude, English and Linguistics 


Additional Education

2020 Critical Theory Certificate, Arizona State University, Tempe



Desert Literature, Film, and Art
American Literature of the long twentieth century 
Environmental Humanities 
Studies of Place, Memory, Time, and Light


Monograph (Forthcoming): Desert Distortion. Texas Tech University Press.

Book Chapter: “Color, Place, and Memory in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes.” Reading Aridity in Western American Literature. Eds. Jada Ach and Gary Reger. Lexington Books, Fall 2020. 


2019  Fall             "The Desert: A Well-Spring of the Imagination," guest on CBC Radio's show, IDEAS.

2019  Spring        Vernal Equinox. A 24”x24”x 2” art piece constructed of plywood, nails, and Mason’s line                                          from Shadow Survey. The pattern is based on a linoleum print I carved while on-site. ASU-                                  Roden Crater Field Lab Student Showcase and Exhibition. Tempe, AZ. 29 Apr. 2019.

2019  Spring        Shadow Survey: Vernal Equinox. Ben Hoste & Celina Osuna. Performance piece where we                                      created an apparatus to physically trace the lengths of sun and moon shadows with                                            Mason’s Line. Superstition Mountains, Tonto National Forest, AZ. 20 - 21 Mar. 2019. 

2017  Spring        Time / Shores. Collaboration with the Lab for Critical Technics. ASU Art Museum Project                                        Space, Phoenix, AZ. 6 Jan.– 28 Feb. 2017. 


National and International
“Exploring the Un-Green: Prismatic Place and Memory in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes” European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Copenhagen, Denmark. 13-16 June 2018.

“The Transformative Landscapes of Color, Place, and Memory in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes”
Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Las Vegas, NV. 3-6 May

“The Void and Vehement Violence From 1849 to 2052: The Appeal of Desert Southwest Aesthetics in Blood Meridian and Westworld” American Comparative Literature Association. Los Angeles, CA. 29 Mar. - 1 Apr. 2018.

“Giving Color to Place and Memory: Unconventional Creativity in Gardens in the Dunes”
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts. Atlanta, GA. 5 Nov. 2016.



“The Poetry of Desert Abundance: Pat Mora’s Encantado” Tempe, AZ. 17 Apr. 2020.

Roundtable: ASU-Roden Crater Field Lab Showcase. Tempe, AZ. April 29, 2019.

“The Void and Vehement Violence: Desert Aesthetics in Blood Meridian and Westworld.” SCRAL. Tempe, AZ. 5 April 2019.


“Distortion as Tactic: Psychedelic Sights and Sounds of the 1960s” Post-Human Network Second Annual Graduate Student Conference. Tempe, AZ. 23-25 Feb. 2018.

“PHuN: Building and Growing a Network for an Academy We Want” Connected Academics
Colloquium for Careers in the Arts and Humanities, Tempe, AZ. 27 Apr. 2017.


“Thinking Through and With the Desert in James Turrell’s Air Apparent”
Post-Human Network Inaugural Graduate Student Conference. Tempe, AZ. 24 Mar. 2017.


Arizona State University
2019 – 2020        Katharine C. Turner Dissertation Fellowship
2019 – 2020        University Graduate Fellowship
2019                     National Humanities Center, Summer Residency Program for PhD
                                Students in the Humanities
2019                     Summer Research Grant
2018   Spring      University Graduate Travel Award
2017 – 2018         Interdisciplinary Research Grant 
2016     Fall          University Graduate Travel Award
2015 – 2016         Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship
2015 – 2016         University Graduate Fellowship


University of Texas at El Paso
2011                      Dr. Mimi R. Gladstein Endowed Scholarship Fund


2019  Summer     National Humanities Center Graduate Summer Student Residency

2019  Summer     Humanities for Social Transformation Internship (Competitive)
2019  Summer     Connected Academics Digital Humanities Pedagogy Summer Institute                                                                     Internship (Competitive)
2019  Spring         NEH Institute on "Writing for a Broader Audience," with Ian Bogost and Christopher                                                 Schaberg. Hosted by the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU. (Competitive)
2017     Fall            Urban Extremophiles, with artist and designer Lisa Ma and Adam Nocek. 
2016     Fall            Sentient Theory and Praxis Workshop, with Britta Joy Peterson, Evan Anderson, and                                             Garrett Laroy Johnson.
2016  Spring         Imagination as a Research Challenge - A Methods Workshop, hosted by the Imagination                                     and Climate Futures Initiative.


2018    “the spectral and poetry,” “the poet’s duties,” “post-hiatus,” “progression,”and “years later.” Le Zaporogue XVIII, Les Editions du Zaporogue.

2014    “the non-motion of mourning,” “mantra…,” “excerpt from ‘incoming’,” “december morning,” “in the end,” and “don’t resist.”Le Zaporogue XV, Les Editions du Zaporogue.


2016 – 2019        Teaching Associate, Department of English, Arizona State University


Courses Taught

ENG 468: Environmental Literary Criticism
ENG 200: Critical Reading and Writing About Literature: Questions Concerning Technology
ENG 102: First-Year Composition (Rhetorical and argument analysis and production.)
ENG 101: First-Year Composition (Understanding and honing research and writing skills.)


2020                     Desert Humanities Graduate Student Representative

2019                      Volunteer, The ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and

                                Embodied Interaction
2019                      Volunteer, 24th Southwest English Symposium
2016 – 2019         Founding Co-Director, Post-Human Network
2016 – 2019.        Reading Group Organizer, Host, Post-Human Network
2018                      Invited Participant, Connected Academics Focus Group
2018                      Organizer and Program Director, Second Annual Post-Human Network Grad Student                                             Conference
2017 – 2018          Literature Area Representative, Graduate Scholars of English Association 
2017                      Co-organizer, planning committee, 31st Annual Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
2017   Spring        Volunteer, planning committee, Slow Time in the Anthropocene Symposium, held by the                                     Lab for Critical Technics
2017                      Organizer and Program Director, Inaugural Post-Human Network Graduate Student                                               Conference


2015 – 2018         Connected Academics Scholar
2017 – 2018          Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium
2016 – 2017         Preparing Future Faculty


ACLA                   American Comparative Literature Association
ASLE                   Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
MELUS               Multiethnic Literature of the United States
MLA                    Modern Language Association
SLSA                   Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
WLA                   Western Literature Association


Available upon request.

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