My current work explores the development of national and state parks in California, particularly focusing on the areas surrounding Sequoia National Park and Redwood National and State Parks. Broadly, I am interested in how different communities try, fail, and try again to connect with nature. In doing this, I find it useful to think about ecosystems as not merely the connections between flora and fauna; instead, ecosystems include people as well as the cultural forces that impact their lives (e.g. racism, sexism, classism, and capitalism — to name a few).
I am currently working on two projects:
- The first examines the rise and fall of the Kaweah Co-operative Commonwealth and how this story is tied to the creation of Sequoia National Park (and the National Park System at large).
- The second unpacks the creation of the Redwood National and State Park system and considers how different stakeholding communities have collaborated to conserve, preserve, and commodify redwood ecosystems through media and tourism.
- “In Search of Lost Things: Proust and the Importance of Material Culture.” American Papers, vol. 33. (2014): 74-77. Print.
- “Oh Captain, Our Captain: Captain America as a Hitler-Punching, Commie-Smashing, American God.” The American Papers, vol. 32. (2013): 85-91. Print.
English Adjunct Instructor
- West Los Angeles College (Introduction to Writing and Creative Writing)
- Southwest Los Angeles College (Critical Thinking)
- Irvine Valley College (Introduction to Writing)
- Santa Ana College (Developmental Writing)
Awards & Professional Activities:
- Public History Fellowship (UCSB, 2018-2019)
- Fellowship (UCSB, 2017-2018)
- Award for Outstanding Service as a Graduate Student, English (CSUF, 2014-2015)
- Acacia Inspirational Peer Award (CSUF, 2014-2015)
- Creative Writing Club Legacy Award (CSUF, 2013-2014)
- Acacia Inspirational Peer Award (CSUF, 2013-2014)
- Mary Kay Crouch Award in Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship (CSUF, 2013-2014)
- David Jon Vaca Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in American Studies (CSUF, 2013)
- Susan Flinkingshelt Award in American Studies (CSUF, 2011-2012)