I am a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Utah, where I am pursuing research interests in the digital humanities, adaptation, and genre, popular culture, queer theory, and fan studies. I am especially interested in the ways in which these fields intersect with one another, continually creating and recreating spaces that challenge our received notions of narrative.
Before coming to Utah I completed my M.A. at Cleveland State University. Here my coursework, research, and experience teaching multi-modal composition courses for a diverse student population first encouraged me to consider how text, environment, and reception are inextricably circular influences, rather than distinct stages in a teleological process. My M.A. thesis then investigated how convergence culture might simultaneously explode and re-encode textual elitism around popular genre works.
My Digital Matters research project, titled “Bots: Co-Creating Digital Narratives,” will explore how bots, by their very nature as “simple” and automated agents, can unduly raise our expectations of a process being straightforward, fair, transparent, and unbiased. In other words, what users see in bots and take for machine-drive reliability should not be taken for granted, but instead noticed and even questioned.