Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD in English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 2015
Minor: Gender and Women’s Studies

Dissertation: “Jewish Toleration, Assimilation, and Citizenship in the British Imagination, 1655-1755”

Jewish assimilation and thought—especially Jewish ideas of citizenship—shaped the development of Britain’s identity as a liberal and tolerant nation. In response to Britain’s growing mercantile and colonial empire, British writers, including John Toland, Aphra Behn, and Eliza Haywood, repurposed Jewish histories and political philosophy to promote toleration as a way to maintain a distinctly Protestant British identity that could accommodate the values of non-Christian cultures.

Director: Robert Markley
Committee: Anthony Pollock, Lori Humphrey Newcomb, Dana Rabin (History)

MA in English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
BA in English and Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2004.


Publications

Articles

“Eliza Haywood and the Jewish Question: Assimilation, Naturalization, and (In)visibility,” under review

“Lacing Prodigious Straight:” Rejecting the Performance of Motherhood in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina,” forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century Novel.

“Jewishness and Judaism in Eighteenth-Century Literature,” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, 2014.

“Romance in Pride and Prejudice/Pride and Prejudice as Romance: Austen’s Caché and the Twenty-First Century Popular Romance” solicited for anthology on pedagogy and popular culture.

Reviews

Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage, Adam Matthew primary source database, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, in progress for Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research

“Emma takes the Stage: Jane Austen’s Emma, directed by Jim Schneider,” ABOPublic: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, August 2014

The Fringes of Belief: English Literature, Ancient Heresy, and the Politics of Freethinking, 1660-1760. Sara Ellenzweig. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. July 2011, Online Supplement

The English Deists: Studies in Early Englightenment. Wayne Hudson. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, July 2011, Online Supplement

2 Article reviews for Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies

Other Publications

“Digital Networks of Academic and Public Scholarship in ABOPublic: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830” Digital Diversity, May 2015, co-author with Leah Thomas, forthcoming in the Digital Diversity: Archive and Essay Collection.

“Editor’s Note: On the Beginnings of ABOPublic and in Memory of Adrianne Wadewitz,” ABOPublic: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, August 2014


Digital Humanities

Lead Editor, Developer, and Web Designer, ABOPublic: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, March 2012-Present

Web Designer, ABO/Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, September 2011–March 2012

Web Designer, Writer’s Workshop, Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois, August 2012–May 2013


Editorial and Publishing

Advisory Editor, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn, under contract with Cambridge University Press, 2015-Present

Assistant Editor (Book Reviews), The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 2008-2010; Spring, 2012


Honors & Awards

Research

Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fellowship, Program for Jewish Culture and Society, 2011, $7000

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate Study and Dissertation Award, University of Illinois (awarded competitively), 2004-2005, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, $30,000

Conference Travel:

Digital Diversity Conference Travel Grant, 2015, $600 CAD

English Department Conference Travel Grant, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, $1000

Teaching

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students: Introduction to English Literature, Spring 2012; Introduction to Literary Analysis, Fall 2006; British Literature, Beginning to 1798, Fall 2005; Principles of Business Communication, Fall 2015


Conference Presentations

“To “beget a Race of Heroes”: Jewish Female Monstrosity and Interfaith Marriage in Behn’s Second Part of the Rover” American Society for Theatre Research Annual Meeting, November 2016

“Going Public, Going Digital: Developing Feminist Networks for Eighteenth-Century Studies on ABOPublic” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, March 2016

“Digital Networks of Academic and Public Scholarship in ABOPublic: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830″ Digital Diversity, May 2015, co-author with Leah Thomas

“‘Public Abuse or Private Scandal’: Jewish Citizenship, Assimilation, and the Public Crisis of British Masculinity in Haywood’s Invisible Spy.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, March 2015

“Austen’s Caché and the Twenty-First Century Popular Romance,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, March, 2014.

“Rationalist Historiographies and the Early Eighteenth-Century Nationalization Debate,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, March 19, 2011.

“Shattering Subjectivity in the Reading of Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, Chicago, February 22, 2007


Invited On-Campus Presentations

Professional Writing in Email,” Secretariat Career Connections Brown Bag, University of Illinois,May 3, 2016

“Approaches to Tutoring Technical Writing” University of Illinois Writers Workshop, January 2015

“Course Design: BTW and Beyond,” Programs in Professional Writing Professional Development Seminar, November 2014

“Designing an Effective Job Unit for Business and Technical Writing 250,” Programs in Professional Writing Professional Development Seminar, April 2007

“Roundtable: Crafting the Seminar Paper,” English Graduate Student Association Colloquia, Urbana, November 3, 2006.


Teaching Experience

Courses Designed and Taught (Sole Instructor)
Literature Courses

Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to English Literature, “Otherness and Alienation in British Civil Society”
Introduction to Literary Study

Composition

Writing Across Media (multimodal composition)
Principles of Professional Communication
Principles of Business Communication
Persuasive Writing: “Advocacy Writing” and “Ethics in Crisis Management”
Writing in the Disciplines: “Ethical Communicating and Crisis Management”

Online Courses

Principles of Business Communication
Writing in the Disciplines: “Ethical Communicating and Crisis Management”

Discussion Leader/Teaching Assistant

Shakespeare on Film, Discussion Leader
Survey of British Literature to 1798, Discussion Leader

science and technical writing

Aerospace Systems Design I, Editorial Teaching Assistant
Aerospace Systems Design II, Editorial Teaching Assistant

Guest Lecturer

Introduction to Fiction, “Romance in Pride and Prejudice/Pride and Prejudice as Romance”
Shakespeare on Film, “Feminism & The Taming of The Shrew
English Drama, 1660-1800, The Rover; The Beggar’s Opera
Major Authors: Jane Austen and Frances Burney, Pride and Prejudice<

Writing Center

Consultant/Tutor, Writer’s Workshop, Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois, 2013-2015


Teaching Interests:

Special Topics Courses:

The Female Enlightenment
Feminist Theory and the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Jews and Others: From Page to Stage
(Post)-Colonialism and the Eighteenth-Century
Restoration Literature (especially drama)
Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
Social Justice and the Eighteenth Century
The Transatlantic Eighteenth Century

Major Authors Courses:
Aphra Behn
Charles Macklin: Actor, Playwright, Jew?
Eliza Haywood
Jane Austen and Francis Burney
John Milton

British Literature Survey Courses:

British Literature to 1800
British Literature, 1800 to present
Enlightenment Literature and Culture

Other Courses, Including Composition:

Introductions to Literary Study, Critical Theory, Poetry, Drama, and Fiction
Business and Technical Writing
Freshman Composition
Multimodal Composition


Mentoring:

Supervisor for Undergraduate Interns, Grand Challenge Learning Initiative, University of Illinois (January 2015-Present): professional communication, focus group planning, promotional material (including videos), event planning.

Supervisor for Undergraduate Editorial Interns for ABOPublic (2014-Present): Editorial decision-making, copyediting, proofreading, article writing, researching and contacting contributors, WordPress CMS, HTML/CSS encoding, search engine optimization (SEO), copyright permissions

Graduate Adviser for Re:Search, The Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at The University of Illinois (2014-2014):Copyediting/proofreading, source checking, communication management, developing editorial processes and procedures

Peer Adviser for Seven New Graduate Instructors for Business and Technical Writing (2007-2008): Course design, assignment design, course policy design, teaching persona, teaching statement, classroom management, grading strategies, handling student complaints


Other Academic Employment

Project Manager, Grand Challenge Learning Initiative, University of Illinois, January 2016-Current.

Grader, Advanced Placement Exam, English Literature, 2006–2015 (includes 475 professional development hours)

Assistant Director, Programs in Professional Writing, 2007–2008


Academic Service

Grand Challenge Learning Leadership Committee, University of Illinois, Janurary 2016-Current

Grand Challenge Learning Pathway Completion and Recognition Committee, University of Illinois, September 2016-Current

Illinois ePortfolio Committee, University of Illinois, January 2016-May 2016

Coordinator, Personal Statement Workshops, Writer’s Workshop, Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois, 2013-2015

Dramaturg, The Duchess of Malfi, Armory Free Theater, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, April 6-9, 2011

Coordinator, Early Modern Workshop Group, English Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2007–2008

English Department Grievance Committee, 2007–2008 (Elected)


Professional Memberships & Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Aphra Behn Society
National Women’s Studies Association
Modern Language Association
Program for Jewish Culture and Society, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Languages

French (reading), Spanish (reading)

Computer Languages:

PHP, XML, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, Python, jQuery

Content Management Systems:

Drupal, WordPress


References

Robert Markley, W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor of English and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, rmarkley@illinois.edu

Anthony Pollock, Associate Professor of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, ajp2@illinois.edu

Dana Rabin, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, drabin@illinois.edu

Lori Newcomb, Associate Professor of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, lnewcomb@illinois.edu

Kelly Ritter, Professor of English and Writing Studies, Director of Undergraduate Rhetoric, Director of Grand Challenge Learning, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Stephanie Foote, Jackson And Nichols Professor Of English, West Virginia University, stephanie.foote@mail.wvu.edu

James Frost, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southernmost College, james.frost@utb.edu