A product of the University of California system, I earned my B.A. at UC Davis in film studies, my MA at UC Berkeley in rhetoric, and my PhD at UC Berkeley in film and media. At every stage of my educational journey, I have focused on the construction and representation of health and disability across disciplinary lines, bringing together my research in psychology, philosophy, medical anthropology, education, film studies, critical identity studies, and American studies to consider how we come to know (or think we know) the mind and body. As a Mellon Teaching Fellow at SLU, I will teach courses that consider these same questions: Girls, Interrupted: Girlhood and Disability and Fantasies of the National Body: Introduction to Health Humanities. My current research projects look at empathy and spectatorship, PTSD and female detectives, and the connection between neoliberal fantasies of circulation and representations of autism.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Girls, Interrupted: Gender and Disability in American Culture
- 1-3, Wednesday