IMG_8964I am a graduate student in the American Studies program at the University of South Florida and a member of the American Studies Association. My research interests include: twentieth century American history, embodiment, feminist theory, disability and fat studies, medicine, and memoir. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Beloit College, and I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington where I taught beginning composition and short story writing. A recipient of a Hambidge Fellowship and a first place prize in interpretive reporting from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, I have also completed a full-length memoir manuscript about being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease I was born with but never knew I had. The book wrestles with the state of not knowing more broadly–not knowing what’s going to happen to us in life, which road to take and for how long, or where we belong. I live in Tampa with my husband and a crazy but lovable Boston Terrier. In my spare time, I play the piano, eat a lot of chocolate, and ponder the meaning of life. I’m also a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a very proud auntie to three nieces and one nephew.