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I am a PhD Candidate in English at Case Western Reserve University, with an emphasis in Writing History and Theory.

My dissertation takes a rhetorical approach to exploring how identity is represented and constructed by authors of food writing, particularly cookbooks, food blogs, and food memoirs. I see these texts as sites where food writers evoke and negotiate the individual and social identities of themselves and their readers. Other scholarly interests include the points of intersection between composition and creative writing pedagogies, privilege and diversity in the writing classroom, and the shifting roles played by writers, readers, and genres in the process of meaning-making.

I received my M.A. in English Literature with a Certificate in the Teaching of WritingĀ from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016) and my B.A. in English (with a minor in Hispanic Studies) from the College of Saint Benedict (2011).