I am an incoming Visiting Assistant Professor of gender studies at The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi, where I'll be providing mentorship to students in the new Lavender Living Learning Community. Outside of academia, I proudly serve as the Director of Programming and Outreach for Violet Valley Bookstore—a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Water Valley, MS—making feminist/LGBTQ+/multicultural books more accessible to our local community, the state of Mississippi, and the U.S. South more broadly. Since 2016, I have volunteered as a facilitator of support groups (in-person and virtual) for survivors of domestic violence with the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill, NC.
Generally speaking, my research revolves around mental health advocacy, exploring various ways in which mental health rhetoric is deployed by social activists and non-profit organizations. In my dissertation, I examined the rhetorical functions of "mad genius"—the longstanding cultural stereotype that mental illness is somehow connected to exceptional intelligence, creativity, wisdom, etc.—in women's autobiographical narratives of mental illness. Most recently, I published a book chapter on the rhetoric of support/support groups as it pertains to community services for survivors of domestic violence.