Education and Research

2016-2017       Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

May 2016         Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Dissertation: “Serial Historiography: Literature, Narrative History, and the Anxiety of Truth”

May 2010        M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

May 2004        B.A. with Distinction, English and Drama, University of Virginia

Professional Experience

2016-current           Co-Owner, beagleman’s studios

2016-2017                  Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, English University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2008-2017                  Jacob K. Javits Fellowship/ UNC English Teaching Fellow

2006-2008                 Community Health Advocate, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East TN

2005-2006                 Visitor Services Manager, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum



SERIAL: Narrative, Time, and the Anxiety of Truth (under review)

 Peer-Reviewed Articles

 “On the Make: Truman Capote, Seriality, and the Performance of Celebrity.”  American Literature, vol. 88, no. 3, 2016, pp. 569-595.

“Serial Historiography: Narrative and the Irreducible Elements of the Past.” (under review)

Edited Collections

 It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon. Ed. Ben Bolling and Matthew Smith. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2014.vii-206.

Anthology Contributions

“Transmedia Superheroes, Multimodal Composition, and Digital Literacy.” WithGreat Power Comes Great Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Comic Books. Ed. Susan Kirtley, Peter Carlson, and Antero Garcia. U Press of Mississippi. 2020.

Queer Conversations: LGBTIQ Consumer/Producer Interface at Comic-Con International and the Intransitive Writing of Comics.” It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon. Ed. Ben Bolling and Matthew J. Smith. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2014. 40-51.

“The U.S. HIV/AIDS Crisis and the Negotiation of Queer Identity in Superhero Comics, or Is Northstar Still a Fairy?” Comic Books and American Cultural History. Ed. Matthew J. Pustz. Continuum, 2012. 202-219.

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse.” Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independent and Underground Classics, 3 vols. Ed. Bart Beaty and Stephen Weiner. EBSCO Publishing, 2012.

 Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

Prize for Best Graduate Work, UNC-Chapel Hill Program in Sexuality Studies, Spring 2016. Competitive, University research award and stipend.

James R. Gaskin Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of English, Fall 2016. Competitive, highest department award for teaching composition by a graduate student. 

Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of English, Spring 2016. Competitive, departmental dissertation completion fellowship.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2010-2015. National, competitive grant for superior academic promise.

Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UNC-CH, 2014. Highest University award for teaching by a graduate student.

Laurence G. Avery Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH, 2013. Competitive, highest department award for teaching by a graduate student.

Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, UNC-CH, 2012. Competitive, University award recognizes excellence in service and scholarship.

S. Herschel Award for Excellence in Course Development, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH, 2010. Department award and stipend.

Ruth Rose Richardson Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH, 2009. Department award for highest academic performance by a first year graduate student.       

 Graduate Research Fellowship, Program in Sexuality Studies, UNC-CH, 2009. Competitive, University research grant.

 Merit Assistantship, The Graduate School, UNC-CH, 2008-2009. Competitive, graduate school fellowship for academic promise.

Clay E. Delauney Prize, Department of Drama, UVA, 2003. Competitive, University award for best original work of dramatic writing.

Echols Scholar, The College of Arts and Sciences, UVA, 2000-2004. Competitive, University honors program.

University Scholarship, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, UVA, 2000-2004. Competitive, University scholarship awarded for academic promise.

Welsch Memorial Scholarship, The College of Arts and Sciences, UVA, 2000-2004. Scholarship awarded for academic promise to a student from southwestern Virginia.

 Conferences and Presentations

 Academic Conferences

 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March 2016. Serial Forms Seminar. “Serial Historiography.”

 LGBTIQ Speaker Series, UNC-CH, April 2015. “Queer Conversations: LGBTIQ Consumer/Producer Interface at Comic-Con International and the Intransitive Writing of Comics”

 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Annual Conference, Durham, NC, November 2012. “Truman Capote, the Celebrity Author, and the Performance of Answered Prayers

Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Seattle, WA, January 2012. “Written in the Body: Spider-Man, Venom, and the Specter of Biopower”

 Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Convention, Rutgers University, April 2011. “Serial Historiography: Toward an Ethics of Irreducible Elements in Narrative Histories”

Comics and Popular Arts Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 2010. “The Liberation of the Post-Apocalyptic Narrative in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

 Panel Organizer. Comics Arts Conference, San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2010. “Serial Historiography and the Negotiation of Queer Identity in Superhero Comics, or Is Northstar Still a Fairy?”

Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Florida, March 2010. “Serials, Trauma, and Representations of the Ineffable”

PARAnormal Symposium, North Carolina State University, March 2010. “Isn’t Puberty Always Paranormal? or: Postmodern Mysticism in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Comics Arts Conference, San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2009. “The Culture of Popular Things: Ethnographic Examinations of Comic-Con 2009”

Possibility of Worlds Conference, Princeton University, March 2009. “American Superhero Comics: Literature in the Middle Voice”

Guest Lectures

Undergraduate Survey, LGBTQ Fiction and Film from 1950 to the Present, Instructor: Dr. Michelle Robinson, UNC-CH. February 2013. “Queering Mainstream Comics: A Cultural History”

Graduate Seminar,“The Dying Tale”: Literature and the Strategy of History, Instructor: Dr. Megan Matchinske, UNC-CH. October 2012. “Seriality and Historiography”

Undergraduate Survey, California Stories: 20th Century American Literature, Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Ho, UNC-CH. December 2011. “The San Francisco of Harvey Milk”

Undergraduate Lecture, Studies in Fiction, Instructor: Gene Melton, North Carolina State University. July 2011. Stuck Rubber Baby: Visualizing Trauma, Memory, and History”

Community Presentations

Invited Speaker. UNC NAACP, Chapel Hill, NC. March 2017  “Engaging Local Government.”

Invited Speaker. UNC School of Information and Library Science, Chapel Hill, NC. March 2017. Diversity + Superheroes Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Panel Director, NCComicon, Durham, NC. November 2015-November 2016.

Invited Moderator. Spotlight on Howard Chaykin, Oak City Comic-Con, Raleigh, NC. April 2016.

Invited Moderator. Southern Bastards: A Conversation with Tommy Lee Edwards and Jason Latour, Oak City Comics Show, Raleigh, NC. August 2015.

Invited Moderator. Spotlight on Noelle Stevenson, Durham, NC. May 2015.

Moderator and Programming Assistant. NCComicon, Durham, NC. November 2011-2015

Invited Moderator. Writer’s Workshop with Charles Soule, Durham, NC. August 2014.

Panelist. Durham County Public Library ComicsFest, Durham, NC. May 2012.

Invited Speaker. Ackland Art Museum, Community Discussion of Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids, UNC-CH. November 2010. “Truman Capote and Andy Warhol: Fame Monsters”

Panelist. Wilson Special Collections Library, “Comics in the Archive Panel,” UNC-CH. November 2009.

 Teaching Experience

Post-Doctoral Lecturer. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ENGL/WMST 140: Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture, Spring 2017

ENGL 105: Composition and Rhetoric (2 sections), Fall 2016

ENGL 128: Major American Authors, Fall 2016

ENGL 347: The American Novel, Fall 2016

Teaching Fellow. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

ENGL 105i: Writing in Law (2 sections), Fall 2015

ENGL 149: Networked and Multimodal Composition, Spring 2015

ENGL 105i: Writing about Law (2 sections), Fall 2014

AMST 201: Literary Approaches to American Studies, Summer 2013 

ENGL 129.002: Literature and Diversity, Fall 2012

ENGL 102: English Rhetoric and Composition II, Spring 2010

ENGL 101: English Rhetoric and Composition I, Fall 2009 

Other Instructional Experience

 Graduate Research Consultant. UNC-CH. Spring 2013. AMST 290: LGBTQ Fictionand Film (1950-Present). Professor Michelle Robinson.

Teaching Assistant. UNC-CH. Spring 2010. AMST 336: American Indian Film. Professor Tol Foster.

Graduate Research Consultant. UNC-CH. Spring 2010. ENGL 144: Popular Genres. Professor Tyler Curtain.

Coordinator. Connected Learning Program, James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-CH. Summer 2010-Spring 2011. Supervisor: Professor Randi Davenport.

Community Health Educator, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. September 2006-June 2008. Supervisor: Jeff Teague.

 University Service

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008-present)

 Faculty Sponsor, The Superheroes Project, Summer 2016-present

Committee Member, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant: “Re-envisioning the Humanities Ph.D.” Careers Subcommittee, Fall 2016.

 Co-Chair, Boundaries of Literature Symposium, Spring 2014.

 Diversity Advocate, Graduate and Professional Student Federation, 2011-2013.

 Graduate Student Representative, Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life, 2011-2013.

 Committee Chair, Administrative Review Committee: LGBTQ Center, Fall 2012.

 Founder, Queer Graduate and Professional Student Speaker Series, Fall 2012.

 Senator, Graduate and Professional Student Federation Senate, Fall 2010- Spring 2011.

 Social Chair, Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students, Summer 2009- Spring 2010.

Fiction Staff, Carolina Quarterly, Fall 2009- Spring 2010.

Digital Scholarship, Creative Writing, and Production

 Digital Publications
“Conversations: Dallas Buyers Club.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. Hosted by Ben Mangrum and Produced by Sam Bednarchik, 2014.

“Conversations: American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. Hosted by Ben Mangrum and Produced by Sam Bednarchik, 2014.

 Creative Writing, Production, and Performance:

Film Production

Big Stone Gap (2015): Assistant to the Director


Suspicious Minds (2015), Let It All Hang Out (2014)

Graphic Narratives

Darkness Visible (2020), Southern Gothic (2020)

Dramatic Writing: Original Works Produced

For Whom the Belle Tolls (2008), The Last Night of the World (2004), Motherland (2003), Green Room (2002), Laura’s Night Out (2002), King of Dreams (2001), The Day the Sky Fell (2001), Art and Lance (2001), Personal Ad (2001)

Theatrical Performance

As You Like It (Jacques, 2004), Out Cry (Felice, 2003), The Laramie Project (Stephen Belber, et al., 2003), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir, 2002), Let’s Get Lost (Scott, 2002), Anything Goes (Purser, 2002), Our Country’s Good (Ketch Freeman, 2002), The Miser (Master Jacques, 2001), The Who’s Tommy (Ensemble, 2001), The Glass Menagerie (Tom, 2001), The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Jack Hale, 2000)

Professional Memberships

Phi Beta Kappa

Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association

South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The Raven Society

Golden Key Honour Society


Reading proficiency in French, Spanish

Basic knowledge of Cherokee (written and oral)

 Digital Design Software Proficiency

Audio and Music Composition

Sibelius 7.5, Garageband, Logic Pro X, Finale 2014

Visual Design and Composition

Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Clip Studio Paint Ex

Video Composition and Editing

Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie