I grew up on a farm in southern Door County, WI, and was homeschooled from first through eighth grade. On that farm during my childhood, my parents fostered a learning environment that allowed me to explore my interests and pursue my questions to their furthest, which inspired in me a life-long joy for learning (briefly dimmed during those rough public high school years). I struggled to find the right path to take for years (I even completed some nursing school) while raising my two children, and finally allowed myself the joy of studying English at the age of 26. It was during those studies, preparing myself to teach high school English, that I stepped into a class on the history of the English language and somewhere in my mind a light clicked on. It was the first step on the journey that brought me here in pursuit of my PhD in Medieval Literature.
I spend my free time practicing falconry (and will happily bend your ear about it if you let me!). I currently have two dogs and two cats, and I enjoy sewing, a good British cuppa, and dancing in my kitchen, and I hope to travel extensively in the future. I'd particularly like to visit Norway, Iceland, Ireland, and Scotland, as well as spend more time in England and Wales.
My research interests include:
-Old Norse Literature
-Women and Gender Studies
I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in English Literature and Ancient and Medieval Humanities, graduating summa cum laude in May 2020.
I received my Master's Degree from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign in Literary Studies with a certificate in Medieval Studies in May 2022.
Awards and Honors
I received highest honors all but my first semester of my undergraduate, was nominated for (and received) the Chancellor's Medallion (2020), presented a paper titled "Daughter of the Voice: Performing Gender Theologically in The Beekeeper's Apprentice" at the Midwest Conference on British Studies 2019, was accepted to present a paper at the Northeast Popular Culture Conference 2019, and was selected to present a paper titled "Mother Knows Best: Maternal Agency and Midwifery in Titus Andronicus" at Research in the Rotunda 2019.
Teaching Assistant under Dr. Rebecca Nesvet of University of Wisconsin - Green Bay for her 200 level course Women in Literature.
Teaching Assistant under Dr. Emily Ransom at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay for her 400 level course on Shakespeare.
Instructor of Rhetoric 105 at UIUC starting Fall 2022.