I 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. A former journalist with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, I am the recipient of a Hambidge Fellowship and a first place prize in interpretive reporting from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. My work has appeared in the Crab Creek Review and is forthcoming in Echo: A Music-Centered Journal. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Beloit College.