I am interested in the ways in which miscegenation, and categories of difference in general, have been represented in literature and popular culture in the twentieth century United States. This involves looking at miscegenation in an international and multiethnic context, as foreign productions and novels—notably French, German, and Italian—were able to circumvent the strict codes that forbade any discussion of the issue in American-funded efforts up until the fifties. I am particularly interested in the black-white-yellow triad and its role in constructing 'desirable' and 'undesirable' gradations of interracial mixing.
I also have an abiding interest in contemporary popular culture, and have written extensively on music and film for venues such as PopMatters.Com, The Daily Tar Heel, and The Brown Daily Herald. Finally, not inconsequential to my academic equilibrium, I love hiking in the mountains.
MA, American Studies, University of Groningen (2012);
Thesis "The Color Mystique: Miscegenation, Marginalization, and the
Stardom of Dorothy Dandridge" (summa cum laude).
BA, American Studies, University of Groningen (2010).
Research Interests: race construction; miscegenation; twentieth-century U.S. literature; popular culture studies; twentieth-century African American and Asian American history; performance studies
Theories of Culture III: Consumer Nation (3rd year seminar, special graduate instructor). Department of American Studies, University of Groningen (2011).
At Phillips Academy Andover (2012-2013): U.S. History, Modern U.S. History (11th grade), World History (9th grade)
"'I Hate it When They Make Everything About Race:' Ethno-Racial (Ir)relevance in the American South."Heterotopias 1.1 (June 2011). Earlham College, Indiana.
Editing and Review
Associate Editor for NeoAmericanist. University of Western Ontario, Canada (June 2011-current)
Review: Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure that Shocked Washington City by Nancy Lusignan Schultz. The Southern Historian, University of Alabama (2011)
"Miscegenation in Dutch Surinam." Invited Lecture. Churchill House Seminars, Phillips Academy Andover. January 6, 2013.
"Deriding Desire: Screening Dorothy Dandridge." Sheridan Teaching Certificate Lecture. Brown University, March 2012.
"The Paranoid South: The Imbrication of Race, Class, Gender and Nationality in The Birth of a Nation and Gone With The Wind. 19th National American Studies Day, April 1 2011. University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
Selected Honors and Awards:
Richard M. Levine Teaching Fellowship. Phillips Academy Andover (June 2012-August 2013)
Huygens Fellowship for Excellent Students. Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (September 2011- May 2012)
Groninger University Fund Excellent Student Award. University of Groningen, The Netherlands (Fall 2009)
Selected Professional Experience:
Teaching Fellow History Department, Phillips Academy Andover (Andover, MA 2012-2013)
Teaching Assistant in Expository Writing/ History, ACE Scholars Program (Carbondale, CO, June- August 2012)
Research Assistant to Prof. Mark L. Thompson. Department of American Studies, University of Groningen (May 2011- August 2011)
Graduate Instructor, Department of American Studies, University of Groningen (2011)
Web Editor International GroningenLife!, Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Spring/Fall 2011)
American Studies Association
American Culture Association
Modern Language Association
European American Studies Association