I have always been interested in literature and media. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 1998 and beginning my career as a UX designer, I found myself being drawn to continue working as an academic. After several years of doing research on my own as an independent scholar, I officially returned to academia full time in 2012, completing my Masters at Carnegie Mellon, and entering the PhD. program in English at Duquesne University in 2013.
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
- Double B.A. in Creative Writing/Literary and Cultural Studies with a minor in Art – June 1992 – May 1998
- M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies — August 2012 – May 2013
- Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. – August 2013 – Present
- Ph.D in English with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
My primary field is 20th Century American Literature with an emphasis on Pop Culture. My research generally focuses on representations of gender, race and class in comics, television, movies and professional wrestling. I am interested in the exploration modern popular culture phenomena. I am a firm believer in the practice of cultural analysis through firsthand immersion. As such, I have also written comics, worked as an erotic and glamour photographer and for a while I was even a professional wrestler. In each of these cases, I have not only studied scholarly works on these subjects, but also directly engaged myself in the subcultures themselves. I use what I learn from these experiences to directly influence my later writings on the subject matter.
Conference & Panel Presentations
- Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) – 2008 – “My Life as a Professional Wrestler: A Firsthand Analysis of Professional Wrestling as Performance Art” – Panel: “Masculinities” – Boston, MA, USA.
- Pittsburgh Small Press Festival (SPF) – 2010 – “So You Want To Write Your Own Comic?” – Panel: “Independent Comic Authors and Publishers” – Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
- Comparative Drama Conference (CDC) – 2011 – “The Mythology of Pain:An Analysis of the Varying Degree of Perceived Lethality of Professional Wrestling Maneuvers Due to Changes in Audience Suspension of Disbelief Over Time” – Panel: Between the Ropes: “The Theatrical Study of Professional Wrestling” – Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) – 2011 – “Is it Fake? The Art of Storytelling in Professional Wrestling.” – Panel: “Staging Violence: Shifting Views of Performance in Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment” – Chicago, IL, USA.
- Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) – 2013 – “Changing Faces: The Evolution of a Professional Wrestling Champion and the Society that Creates Him” – Panel: “Theatre & Drama: Performance in Professional Wrestling” – Washington, DC, USA.
- Living Labor: Towards a New Understanding of the Working Class– 2013 – “Changing Faces: The Evolution of a Working Class Champion” – Carnegie Mellon Working Class Studies Graduate Conference – Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
- Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) – 2015 – “Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Man, I Learned From Professional Wrestling” – Panel: “Theatre & Drama: Professional Wrestling – Spectacle & Performance” – New Orleans, LA, USA.
- Wizard World Pittsburgh – 2015 – Panel: “1940: World War II and Comics: The Joker, Robin, The Flash, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and The Spirit!” – Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
- Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) – 2016 – “‘Don’t Ya Wanna Rev Up Your Harley?’:Feminine Sexual Power as Agency in Superhero Comics and Cosplay” – Panel: “Comics and Comic Art: Violence and Feminism” – Seattle, WA, USA.
- Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) – 2016 – Moderator – Panel: “Theatre & Drama: Wrestling as Theatre” – Seattle, WA, USA.