EDUCATION

MA in English, University of Calgary, August 2015.

    • Planned capstone project: “Graphic Sex: Reading Trans Bodies in Comics”
    • Participant in department’s Theory Reading Group
    • Volunteer for Free Exchange graduate student conference organizing committee

BA (First Class Honours) in English, University of Calgary, June 2014.

    • Honours Thesis: “Finding Trans Genders on the Road” (Supervisor: Prof. James Ellis)

 

RESEARCH

‘Once Again, the Decisions Pertaining to Human Romance Remain Stunningly Simple': Fan Culture, ‘Shipping,’ and Sexual Normativity in Homestuck.” Free Exchange Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Calgary. Science B 148, Calgary, Alberta. 6 March 2015. Conference presentation.

Citizen Othello: Citizenship and Colonial Administration in Shakespeare’s Cyprus.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association 68th annual convention. Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho. 9 October 2014. Conference presentation.

The Margins of Womanhood in the Trans Road Movie.” English Undergraduate Honours Symposium, University of Calgary. MacEwan Conference and Event Centre, Calgary, Alberta. 22 March 2014. Conference presentation.

The Troubles with Trans Women: Remixing Transgender Romance in The Crying Game and Breakfast on Pluto.” Free Exchange Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Calgary. Science A 109, Calgary, Alberta. 7 March 2014. Conference presentation.

 

AWARDS

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier—Master’s Scholarship; Departmental Research Excellence Award; Margaret and Ted Newell Bursary; University of Calgary Admission Scholarship; Jason Lang Scholarship

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, University of Calgary Department of English, July 2015 – September 2015.

Assembled data for a comics coding project headed by Dr. Bart Beaty and Dr. Ben Woo.

Teaching Assistant, University of Calgary Department of English, September 2014 – present.

Taught weekly tutorial sections for second year historical literature survey course, marked papers, and provided guidance over email and during office hours.

Research Assistant, University of Calgary Department of English, January 2014 – September 2014.

Conducted primary research and field reviews as part of a SSHRC-funded project on early modern minor epic poetry for Dr. James Ellis.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND INVOLVEMENT

Prisoner Correspondence Project, participant/volunteer, 2012 — present.

Corresponded and provided resources for a queer prisoner; co-organized April 2015 educational film screening to raise funds for Prisoner Correspondence Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and to help provide safe housing for a trans prisoner after her release.

Fairy Tales, film festival volunteer, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Engaged public with information on festival and individual films.

Possibilities Calgary Bisexual + Pansexual Community, volunteer, 2012 – present.

Facilitated discussions groups for bisexual, pansexual and allied individuals, with a focus on anti- oppression and safer space creation; helped planned and run four major fundraising events; authored “When I Say I am Transmasculine What I Mean Is…” and “Identity Politics” pamphlets

Calgary Outlink, volunteer/board of directors, 2012 – 2014.

Successfully applied for Chinook Grant; revitalized and facilitated the Community Cafe program, greatly increasing attendance and the event’s social media profile; facilitated a Trans* 101 workshop for the University of Calgary’s sex week.

Coming Out Monologues, performer, 2013

Selected to write and perform “With Love and Solidarity” monologue.

Calgary Guerrilla Gay Bar, founder/organizer, 2011 – 2013.

Founded organization to provide alternative social venues for queer community, challenge heteronormativity and create safer spaces.

Miscellaneous Youth Network, drag king/volunteer, 2011.

Raised funds for local youth group by performing in diverse and innovative queer community shows; designed and produced merchandise and costume pieces.

 

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