Research Experience

ECL 225

Primary archival research on the history of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC as part of ECL 225, a fundraising campaign to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the study of literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, part of a larger campaign, Carolina 225. Research conducted as part of a departmental summer fellowship service award for the Digital Literacy and Communications Lab, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Summer 2020.

“Hale Aspacio Woodruff’s ‘Giddap‘ (1935)”

Primary archival research on the contents of and context for a linocut print titled Giddap by Hale Woodruff (ca. 1935) at the Ackland Art Museum.  “Hale Aspacio Woodruff’s ‘Giddap (1935),” for America’s Strange Fruit, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Fall 2017. (See also the accompanying reflection: “Curating Atrocity: Specific Challenges for Online Confrontations with Lynching.”)

“Anti-lynching Booklet ‘Mississippi and the Mob'”

Primary archival research on the contents of and context for the anti-lynching booklet titled Mississippi and the Mob by J.N. Flowers (1926) in the Southern Pamphlet Collection within the Rare Book Collection, at the Louis Round Wilson Library Special Collections. “Anti-lynching Booklet ‘Mississippi and the Mob,’” for America’s Strange Fruit, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Fall 2017. (See also the accompanying reflection: “Curating Atrocity: Specific Challenges for Online Confrontations with Lynching.”)

“Tell Better Stories”

Primary research investigating the differences in outcomes when conveying Narrative Project messages through didactic, lecture-based videos vs. emotional, story-based videos for “Tell Better Stories,” a study funded by PATH, in partnership with the New Venture Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Vision, and Save the Children Action Network and spearheaded by the Visual Epidemiology Project at Yale University.  Summer 2016.  (See also To Keep a Promise, the short narrative film produced for the study.)

“Feminized Simulations: The Writing Center as Remedial Clinic and Enforcer of the Status Quo”

Primary archival research of The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) marketing materials, training materials, and tutorial session reports for content analysis; primary research on the demographics of the UCWbL staff, UCWbL clients, DePaul University student population, and DePaul University staff population; secondary research on writing center theory and pedagogy, feminist literary theory, and postmodern literary theory—especially semiotics and simulations—synthesized into a theoretical framework and original theoretical term, “feminized simulations.”  “Feminized Simulations: The Writing Center as Remedial Clinic and Enforcer of the Status Quo”, UCWbL Staff Training, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.  Fall 2008. (See also “Conference Presentations.”)

“‘But a dining-time ‘twixt us and our confusion’: The Preoccupation with Time in Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Primary archival research on seventeenth-century timepieces, other time-measuring devices, and representations of time; secondary research on John Ford’s play ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore. “‘But a dining-time ‘twixt us and our confusion’: The Preoccupation with Time in Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” English Department Senior Seminar, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL.  Fall 2007. (See also “Conference Presentations.”)

“A Look Behind Bars: A Case-Study of Baldwin State Prison”

Primary research via close-ended surveys, open-ended questionnaires, and informal interviews of inmates and staff members at Baldwin State Prison, Milledgeville, Georgia; primary archival research on the demographics of inmates and staff members at Baldwin State Prison, the Georgia prison system, and the United States prison system; secondary research on the sociology of prison subcultures. “A Look Behind Bars: A Case-Study of Baldwin State Prison,” Donald C. Harrison Honors Program Independent Study Project, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL. Aug. 2006 – May 2007. (See also “Conference Presentations.”)

The Official History of the Beta-Beta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity

Primary archival research while compiling the official history of the Beta-Beta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Birmingham-Southern College. The Official History of the Beta-Beta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Research conducted while serving as the Worthy Keeper of the Annals (Scholarship Chair and Chapter Historian) for the Beta-Beta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL. Feb. 2006 – Feb. 2007. History officially adopted by the Chapter Feb. 2007.