About Me

I’m a doctoral candidate at Boston College, where I teach postcolonial literature and research representations of migration in postcolonial Anglophone novels. My dissertation examines novels that represent transnational families. I argue that contemporary postcolonial novels offer new models for conceiving of citizenship and community, troubling the idea of national borders.

Anti-racist activism is an integral part of my scholarship, and I have worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Eradicate Boston College Racism on contemporary justice issues such as mass incarceration and institutional racism.

You can find my article “The Translation of an Imagined Community in Raja Rao’s Kanthapura” in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

At Boston College I have taught freshman composition, first-year literature (organized around the theme of the global novel), Studies in Narrative (an introductory course for English majors), and the Introduction to Postcolonial Literature.  I also have experience teaching introductory-level ESL to recent immigrants through Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.

I am also an author, and my short stories and poems have appeared in several publications, most recently Cicada Magazine and The Rising Phoenix Review.

I am originally from New Orleans, LA, where I received a B.A. in English and philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans.