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I am a Lecturer of English at Kennesaw State University where I teach literature and First-Year Writing courses. My pedagogy focuses on incorporating early modern literature and theater into the multimodal composition classroom. I am especially interested in how early modern pedagogies translate to and through our current first-year writing teaching tactics. 

 

My current research concerns the literature of John Milton and the creation of New Orleans Mardi Gras. I am interested in how mid-19th-century Americans used renaissance (and classical) literature to create a class system mirroring their perceptions of European aristocracy.

Other research interests have focused on early modern English literature–particularly on William Shakespeare and John Milton–and early modern grammar school education and rhetoric. I am particularly interested in how early modern humanism is reflected, subverted, and reinforced in popular writing and drama of the time. As I concentrate on the adaptation of early modern schoolwork into literary works, I am further interested in how early modern literature is taught in our contemporary classrooms.

Over the past ten years, I have taught undergraduate literature, Women’s Studies, and first-year writing courses. In the latter, I concentrate on argumentative interpretations of texts by focusing on how we may best use rhetoric to reach an intended audience. I have taught first-year writing courses since 2011, often invoking themed syllabi on such topics as Remix Pedagogy, the City of Atlanta, Modernist American literature, and Issues of Higher Education.

I have presented my work at various conferences, such as the Renaissance Society of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the College English Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Conference on John Milton, among others.

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