Office: Library Learning Commons 107a
Ph.D. in American Literature, contemporary and 20th century, from Stony Brook University, with a focus on Native American literature and Science Fiction, and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
M.A. in American Literature, University College Dublin
B.A. in English (emphasis on creative writing), Vassar College
My work in the Library Learning Commons is centered on learning technology. I maintain the Richards Media lab, including the library’s Oculus Rift virtual reality equipment. My primary responsibility in the Richards Media Lab is to work with faculty and students to make sure that the lab’s software and hardware get used to the best advantage of the campus community. This includes running workshops, tutorials, and introductory tours/consultations with potential and current users. I also assist the librarians in tasks related to electronic resources.
I have taught introductory literature (on science fiction, contemporary literature and Native American fiction) and advanced literature courses in Native American literature at Stony Brook University before joining the Library Learning Commons staff. My teaching at CSC has centered on the teaching of writing for both transitional and advanced students, as well as classes in the campus FYI program (where I have gotten to teach both Harry Potter and Night of the Living Dead). In 2015/2016 I presented two papers on zombies and contemporary apocalyptic literature. One at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Houston, Texas and the other at the annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association in Stony Brook, New York. I have published on the film Cloud Atlas in the Science Fiction Research Association Review. Most recently I presented a paper on the author known as James Tiptree, Jr. – the pen name of Alice Sheldon – at the 2017 convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association. I defended my doctoral dissertation in June of 2018.
I think I will always have a fondness for science fiction and fantasy stories in video game, movie and novel form. I try to keep myself in touch with the simple pleasure of reading by having a book I’m reading ‘just for fun,’ even if it’s philosophy, as consistently as I can.