B.S., Theatrical Design, Middle Tennessee State University, 2003
M.A., English, Middle Tennessee State University, 2014
Thesis: “The Estranged World: The Grotesque in Sofia Coppola’s Young Girls Trilogy”
Rhetoric, Film and Television Studies, Postmodernism, Gender and Queer Theory, Popular Culture
My research centers around a collection of themes spread across media types: the grotesque, the southern gothic, gender and sexuality, cultural constructions of identity, intertextuality and metatextuality, and cult media. Although I love literature, I’ve been working more with film and television as cultural signposts of the constructions of identity and community. My master’s thesis focused on the gendered grotesque in the films of Sofia Coppola. I’ve found my background in theatrical design to be of particular use in examining and critically considering visual rhetoric in popular culture.
“Justified: “The Promise.” Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Series. Ed. by Douglas Howard, Syracuse University Press. Forthcoming 2017.
“Episode Guide.” TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural. Eds. Stacey Abbot and David Lavery. Toronto: ECW, 2011.
“Southern Discomfort and the Ubiquitous Undead: Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, ed. by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner.” Book review. Reviewed in Dead Reckonings: A Review Magazine for the Horror Field. Spring 2017 (Vol. 21). 30-2.
“Girls will be Ghouls: Monstrous Bodies: Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction by June Pulliam.” Book review. Reviewed in Dead Reckonings: A Review Magazine for the Horror Field. Fall 2014 (Vol 16). 42-4.