Curriculum Vitae


2017 – M.A., English, Rhetoric and Composition concentration, Ohio University


  • B.A., summa cum laude, English, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University
       – minors in philosophy and psychology
  •  2010 Study Abroad, Università degli Studi di Milano
        – Studied modal logic under Professor Paolo Valore


  • 2 classes taken at University of Dayton – Models of Teaching; Philosophy of Education
  • class taken at Wright State University – Cultural and Communicative Competence for Educators

Graduate Thesis

“To Build Maps of Writing and Critical Consciousness: Transfer in Writing Studies & Critical Pedagogies”

Committee Chair: Professor Ryan P. Shepherd

Committee Members: Professor Mara Holt & Professor Gabriel Hartley

Composition instructors have investigated how students transfer writing knowledge into contexts beyond composition classrooms in higher education (e.g. Reiff, & Bawarshi, 2011; Wardle, 2012; Yancey, Robertson, & Taczak, 2014). These scholars have used studies of transfer in education (e.g. Beach, 1999; Donovan, Bransford, and Pellegrino, 2000) in order to see how composition instructors might teach for the transfer of learning.

In this thesis I show how critical pedagogues (Freire, 1978, 1997; Shor, 1987a, 1996; Keating, 2007, 2013) have also been thinking about how to foster students’ use of knowledge in new contexts.

In this project I develop a framework from the work on transfer from Donovan, Bransford, and Pellegrino (2000). Then, I use this framework to analyze the pedagogies of Freire (1978, 1997), Shor (1987a, 1996), and Keating (2007, 2013), in an attempt to put these pedagogical ideas in conversation with each other, hoping to inspire more interdisciplinary research.

Undergraduate Thesis

Male Narrative Identity in Young Adult Literature: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Narrative Psychology and Literary Analysis

Advisor: Professor Joseph Bianco

This thesis investigates how narrative psychology can inform the work done by scholars of literature. It applies a “life-story” framework from Dan P. McAdams’s work on narrative development to the character development in S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.


  • Fall 2018-Spring 2019, Instructor, The Ohio State University
    ESPHE 4403: Ethics and the Professional Context of Teaching (2 sections Fall 2018)
  • Fall 2015-Spring 2017, Instructor, Ohio University
    English 1510: Writing & Rhetoric (1 section Fall 2015, 1 section Spring 2016, 2 sections Fall 2016, 1 section Spring 2017)
  • 2016-2017, Tutor, English Language Improvement Program, Ohio University
  • Spring 2014, Substitute, Springboro High School
  • Fall 2013, Teacher, Detroit Community High School
    Ninth-grade Algebra (4 Classes)
    Remedial Math (1 Class)
  • June-August 2012, Teacher, Breakthrough Collaborative
    Ninth-grade English (2 Classes)
    Slam Poetry (1 Class)
  • September 2011-May 2012, September 2009-May 2010, Volunteer, Writing Workshop at Athens Middle School

Invited Talks

  • Guest Speaker about Teach for America for Ethics and the Professional Context of Teaching, The Ohio State University, October 2017
  • Badge System Grading, “Grading System,” English Department TA Orientation, Ohio University, August 2016
    -invited by Dr. Mara Holt
  • Panel on the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Students for Education Reform Ohio University, March 2016
         -with Dr. Akhil Houston and Benjamin Grice
  • #Socialmedia,” Students for Education Reform National Summit, Harvard University, September 2012

Smith Brain Connections Invited Talks

  • Lightning Talks, 2018 Global Brain Health & Performance Summit, Columbus, Ohio, April 2018
  • “Journey to Recovery: There CAN be a Rainbow,” 2018 TBI Summit: Pathways Through Recovery–It Takes More Than Luck!, Columbus, Ohio, March 2018
  • “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,” Medical Student Career Exploration, Ohio State University, January 2017


Manuscripts Submitted for Review

  • “Helping Students Genre-Fit Trauma and Self-Disclosure in Their Composition”
  • “The Transfer of Learning in Paulo Freire’s Literacy and Post-Literacy Pedagogy”

Conference Presentations

  • Presenter, “The Contributions of Black Women and Men to the Critical Pedagogy of Citizenship Schools.” American Educational Studies Association, November 2018
  • Presenter, “Using AnaLouise Keating’s Pedagogies of Invitation to Disrupt the Status Quo.” Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, September 2018
  • Presenter, “Writing Scouts: Using Digital Badges as a Way to Assess Work and Encourage Transfer in First-Year Composition.” Digital Praxis Poster session, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, March 2017
  • Work-in-Progress Presenter, “Studying Writing Scouts: A Qualitative Study to Understand the Effects of the Use of Digital Badges as a Way to Assess Work and Encourage Transfer in First-Year Composition.” Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, March 2017
  • Presenter, “Remixing Composition: How New Media Can (Re)mix Identity and Composition,” Graduate Research Network, Computers and Writing Conference, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, May 2016
  • Presenter, “Creating a Teaching Persona with Merlin,” Perfecting Pedagogical Practices, Ohio University, February 2016
  • Presenter, “Narrative Identity in Young Adult Literature,” poster at Student Research & Activity Expo, Ohio University, April 2013
  • Presenter, “Physical Prisons and Inner Pilgrimages in Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy,” Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, April 2012

Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

  • McPherson Fellowship, Center for Ethics and Education at University of Wisconsin Madison and University of Illinois Chicago, 2018-2019
  • Educational Studies Graduate Student Travel Award, The Ohio State University,  2018
  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2017-2018
  • Elsie Alberty Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2017-2018
  • Travel Grant Award, Graduate Research Network, Computers & Writing, 2016
  • English Fellowship, Ohio University, 2015-2017
  • Undergraduate Thesis Award, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University 2012-2013
  • Leadership Award, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University 2013
  • Dean’s Scholarship, Ohio University 2012-2013
  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant, 2012-2013
  • Professional Golfers Association Scholarship, 2011-2012
  • Gateway Scholarship, Ohio University, 2009-2013


  • Reviewer, 2019 SIG-Philosophical Studies in Education, American Educational Research Association
  • Member, 2018 American Educational Studies Association Program Committee
  • Reviewer, 2018 EHE Student Research Forum, Proposal Review Committee, 2017
  • Member, 2017 Perfecting Pedagogical Practices Conference, Ohio University, October 2016-February 2017
  • Reader for New Ohio Review, January 2016-February 2017
  • Associate Editor of Parlour, March 2016-December 2016


During PhD, The Ohio State University

  • Volunteer, Registration Table & Book Sale, American Educational Studies Association, November 2018
  • Vice President, The Association of Educational Psychology, Philosophy, and History of Education Scholars, September 2018-present
  • Chair, “Ecology and Politics,” Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, September 2018
  • Chair, “Thinking About Philosophy and Education,” Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, September 2018
  • Site Leader, 21st Annual Community Commitment, The Ohio State University, August 2018
  • Volunteer, Registration Table, Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 2018
  • Volunteer, Applicant Review Committee, Breakthrough Collaborative, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2018
  • Volunteer, Hayes Forum 2018, The Ohio State University, March 2018
  • Volunteer, Check In Table, Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum, The Ohio State University, February 2018
  • Volunteer, Report Card Conferences, Mifflin High School, February 2018
  • Panelist, “Life at OSU” student roundtable, 45th annual Graduate/Professional Student Recruitment Initiative, The Ohio State University, October 2017

During MA, Ohio University

  • Vice President of Communication, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, October 2016-April 2017
  • Chair, “Activist Rhetorics in 140 Characters,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, March 2017
  • Moderator, “Incorporating UDL into Online Instruction” Panel, Perfecting Pedagogical Practices, Ohio University, February 2017
  • Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, September 2016-October 2016
  • Graduate Student Member, Graduate Council, Ohio University, September 2016-April 2017
    • Member, Policies and Regulations Committee, September 2016-April 2017
  • English Department Representative, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, September 2015-May 2016
  • Graduate Student Member, University Library Committee, Ohio University, November 2015-May 2016
  • Mentor to first-year graduate students, English Department, Ohio University, August 2016-April 2017
  • Go-Green Move-In Team Member, Ohio University, August 2016
  • Leader, Honors Tutorial College First-Year Seminar Book-Club, September 2015, August 2016
  • Grader, First Year Exemption Exam, English Department, Ohio University, September 2016

While at Detroit Community High School & with Teach for America

  • Assistant Coach of the high school debate team, 2013
  • Member of the North Star Committee, 2013
    • Tasked with awarding a Teach for America teacher with a prize for model work

During Undergraduate Studies

  • State Captain, Students for Education Reform, Ohio, June 2012-June 2013
  • Founding Chapter Leader, Students for Education Reform, Ohio University, September 2011-June 2012
  • President, Honors Community Council, Ohio University, September 2010-June 2012
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Athens County, September 2011-June 2012
  • Student Staff Member, Honors Tutorial College Pre-College for Incoming Freshmen, June 2010, June 2011

Research Experience

  • Intern, Leadership for Educational Equity, October 2012-December 2012
  • Participant, Ohio Student Education Policy Institute, January 2012-April 2012
  • Fellow, Rising Leaders Fellowship, February 2011-February 2012
  • Scholar, HTC/Voinovich School Scholar, Regional Nonprofit Alliance Ohio University, August 2011-May 2012
  • Apprentice, Dean Jeremy Webster, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, June 2011-August 2011
  • Student Assistant, Alden Library Archives at Ohio University, October 2009-June 2010

Administrative Experience

  • Co-Founder, Smith Brain Connections, March 2016-present
  • Member, Leadership Liaison Team for Teach For America at Ohio University, September 2011-June 2012
  • Executive Assistant Intern, KIPP Central Ohio, December 2011-March 2012

Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Studies Association, September 2018-September 2019
  • American Educational Research Association, February 2018-present
  • Philosophy of Education Society, September 2017-present
  • Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, September 2017-present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted June 2012
  • National Council of Teachers of English, December 2016-December 2017
  • Midwest Modern Language Association, May 2016-May 2017