I’ve been making interactive stories in some form for a long time, starting in childhood when I would script, film, and make my siblings act in short, often terrible, movies. Eventually I switched mediums, earning a B.A. in English while minoring in computer science, and for a few years channelled my narrative energy into a role as a non-profit grant writer and development officer. 

I returned to school to earn an M.A. in Digital Humanities and a Ph.D. in English because I wanted to know more about stories—how humans have always spun our cultures out of narratives and how digital spaces shape that process in unexpected ways.

In studying everything from Python coding conventions to 19th-century American poems, I discovered that stories invite reader engagement and code invites user interaction in much the same way, and I’ve spent the last several years experimenting with their overlapping structures. I redesigned traditional stories such as Moby-Dick as digital experiences, collaboratively created an augmented reality app for a 19th-century painting, and turned Emily Dickinson’s unfinished poems into clickable objects. My work has been supported by Emory University, the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

I spend my free time exploring parks, gardens, and museums (from the wilds of my living room since 2020), assembling Billy bookshelves from IKEA, and limiting my excess computer time mostly to keep from adopting more dogs than my house will currently hold.

Skills

Digital project strategy

Project management

UX/UI Design

Front-end web development

Intermediate proficiency in WordPress

Working Knowledge of HTML and CSS

Beginner proficiency in Python

Training

General Assembly 
UX Design Intensive (2019)

Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Text Processing: Techniques & Traditions (2018)

Digital Project Management: Creating a Digital Edition (2017)

Experience

Emory center for digital scholarship; Atlanta, G.A. 

Nov 2019 – PRESENT
Digital Publishing Specialist

AUG 2016 – Oct 2019
Digital Associate


EMORY UNIVERSITY
; Atlanta, G.A. 

SEP 2016 – Dec 2019
English Instructor


Queen Square Library
; London, U.K.

MAY 2016 – AUG 2016
Digital Manuscript Assistant


The Turning Point
; Greenville, S.C.

FEB 2013 – AUG 2015
Grant writer; development officer

Education

Emory University
AUG 2016 – MAY 2020 
Ph.D. English; M.A. English

King’s College London
SEP 2015 – AUG 2016
M.A. Digital Humanities

Converse College
AUG 2010 – MAY 2013
B.A. English; computer science minor

Awards

Mellon Foundation & Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Digital dissertation grant

Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Alliance & Collaboratory
HASTAC Scholar appointment

Emory University English Department
Richardson Dissertation Award in American Literature