I am currently a 5th year PhD candidate in English, specializing in American literature from the 19th century to the present. I received my MA in English from Clark University, in Worcester, MA, and my Honours B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Between those two degrees, I spent a year at Coach House Books as first an intern, and then an in-house freelancer.
My dissertation reconsiders David Foster Wallace (pin-up boy for literary postmodernism), in the context of post-secularism, arguing that his work crucially speaks to the problem of belief and the putative crisis of meaning amidst a resurgence of religious interest in what may be called a post-secular moment.
I am currently the TA for ENGL 375: American Literature, and am past research assistant to Profs. Yael Schlick and Glenn Willmott.
A fun, recent publication: www.torontoreviewofbooks.com/2013/08/not-so-far-away-david-foster-wallace-the-last-interview-and-other-conversations
Doubts complete absence: Wonder as Post-Secular Religious Experience. At the 56th Annual ACCUTE Conference, Congress 2013. University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. (June 2013).
Post/Secularism? At Behind the Scenes: Examining the Theoretical Grounds of Literary Studies: A Roundtable Discussion. Research Forum for the Department of English Language and Literature, Queens University. Kingston, Ontario. (November 2012).
Except what would that mean: believe in? The Post-Secular Thought of David Foster Wallace. At the 66th Annual RMMLA Convention. Millennium Harvest Hotel, Boulder, Colorado. (October 2012).
Infantile Gratification: Consumer Practices in David Foster Wallaces Non-Fiction. At Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. March 2011.
Yes, there is going to be a long period of reconstruction ahead: The 12 Step Program and Recovery From the Postmodern in David Foster Wallaces Infinite Jest. Department of English Graduate Colloquium. Clark University, Worcester, MA. February 2009.