About

I am an Assistant Professor of Global Medieval Literatures in the English Department at Rowan University. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.

My teaching and research interests focus on medieval histories of global contact and the literature they engendered; the formation of racial ideologies in the Middle Ages; and contemporary appropriations of the medieval past. My current book project is titled Exotic Allies: The Racial Formation of Mongols in Medieval Literature.

Before finding myself navigating the elitist circles of academia, I was fortunate to spend time away from higher education after dropping out of UC Santa Cruz as an undergraduate. I also treasure my years attending Peralta Community Colleges, the City College of San Francisco, and Mills College, while working numerous jobs in administrative support positions. I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area with love and roots around the world.

Sometimes I give talks about structural racism in Medieval Studies. For videos of two recent examples, see the Media page.