I am a recent PhD graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I studied English (rhetoric and composition) with a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies. I proudly serve as the Director of Programming and Outreach at Violet Valley Bookstore in Water Valley, MS, promoting our mission of "making feminist, queer, and multicultural books available to the Water Valley community, the state of Mississippi, and the South." I also teach courses for the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. Since 2016, I have volunteered as a facilitator of support groups—both in person and (now) via Zoom—for survivors of domestic violence through the Compass Center for Women and Families.
Broadly speaking, my research and advocacy work center on the uses of literature—especially creative nonfiction texts—in modern social justice movements. I am particularly interested in health justice, having specialized in auto/biographical narratives of trauma and mental illness during my graduate studies. My dissertation project used the memoir genre to examine what I call "mad genius" rhetoric—the longstanding cultural stereotype that mental illness is somehow connected to exceptional mental gifts (intelligence, creativity, and so on). At present, I am working on a project that analyzes the rhetoric of support/support groups as it pertains to survivors of traumatic violence.