Academic Positions

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Regis College, Fall 2018 - Present

Administrative Positions

Advisor, Hemetera Literary Journal, Regis College, 2019 - Present

Advisor, The Veritas News student newspaper, Eastern Nazarene College, 2011 - 2014

Coordinator, Writing and Communications Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2009 – 2011

Visiting/Adjunct Positions

Teaching Assistant, HIST 7219: Humanities Data Analysis, Northeastern University, Spring 2017

Instructor, English Department, Northeastern University, Summer 2016 & Summer 2017

Writing Consultant, The Writing Center, Northeastern University, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Visiting Professor, Language, Theater and Communication Arts, Eastern Nazarene College, 2011 - 2014

Adjunct Professor, Business Writing, New England Coll. of Business, Spring 2011

Adjunct Professor, English Department, New Jersey City University, 2009 – 2010

Adjunct Professor, English & Comm Departments, Gordon College, 2007 – 2008

Adjunct Professor, English Department, Endicott College, 2006

Graduate Assistant, English Department, University of Massachusetts, 2004 - 2005

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, 2017

Research Assistant, Viral Texts Project, Northeastern University, Fall 2015 - Summer 2017

Other Experience

Managing Editor, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 2015 - 2017

Editor,, 2009 – 2014

Staff Writer, The Jersey City Independent, 2009 – 2012

Freelance Writer, Various Publications, 2005 – Present


PhD, English, Northeastern University, Spring 2018
Dissertation: “Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream”
Committee: Dr. Carla Kaplan (co-chair), Dr. Ryan Cordell (co-chair), Dr. Hillary Chute

Master of Arts, English, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2005
Thesis: “Can Anything Good Come From Beverly: Stories”

Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, Gordon College, 2003

Fields of Study

Literary Journalism, nineteenth century American literature and culture, digital humanities, media studies, American non-fiction, American religion

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press, NEH Summer Institute, Summer 2020

Faculty Development Grant, Regis College, 2018 – 2019

Humanities Center Resident Fellowship, Northeastern University, 2017-2018

NULab Travel Grant, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University, Spring & Fall 2016

Keystone DH Student Bursary, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, The Chemical Heritage Foundation, Penn State University, March 2016

NULab Fellow, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University, 2015 - 2017

ACH Bursary, The Association for Computers and the Humanities, Keystone DH Conference, University of Pennsylvania, July 2015

Selected Courses Taught

Digital Scholarship, Regis College

Stories of Belief, Regis College

Rhetoric: The Art of Written Communication, Regis College

Ethnicity in Modern American Culture, Regis College

Exploring Ethics, Regis College

Jesus: Myth & Reality, Regis College

Advanced Writing in the Disciplines, Northeastern University

Writing Across Mass Media, Eastern Nazarene College

Intro to Media Studies, Eastern Nazarene College

Feature Writing & Beat Reporting, Eastern Nazarene College

Editing & Publishing, Eastern Nazarene College

Writing for College, Eastern Nazarene College

Reading for College, Eastern Nazarene College

Business Writing & Communication, New England College of Business (online)

Writing & Communications Colloquium, Stevens Institute of Technology

English Composition I, NJCU

Writing & Rhetoric, Gordon College

Writing for the Media, Gordon College

Seminar in Academic Inquiry, Endicott College

Introduction to Western Literature (TA), UMass, Boston

Selected Scholarly Writing

Book: Going the Rounds: Virality in Nineteenth Century American Newspapers, with Ryan Cordell, David A. Smith, Abby Mullen, and Thanasis Kinias. University of Minnesota Press, Under Contract

Article: “Nineteenth Century Women Writers & the Sentimental Roots of Literary Journalism”, Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 9. No. 2, Fall 2017

Blog Post: “Fitzgerald on The Continuous Line: Visualizing the History of American Literary Journalism”, The Intelligencer (Blog of the American Journalism Historians Association), July 2017

Book Review: “Hillbilly Heaven, Hillbilly Hell: Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier”, Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 7. No. 1, Spring 2015

Chapter: “This Protestant World”, Wise Blood: A Reconsideration (Rodopi Press), July 2011

Article: “New Kenyan Writers: The Narratives of Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor”, December 2009 Journal of African Literature, No. 6, December 2009

Selected Public Writing

Perspective: “Everyone knows English majors can’t get jobs. Except the employers who hire them”, The Boston Globe Magazine, November 2018

Commentary: “Stop Yelling At Alexa: In The Age Of #MeToo, Digital Assistants Deserve Our Respect”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, March 2018

Feature: “Boston career changers can find plenty of helping hands”, The Boston Globe, April 2016

Blog Post: “Coming Out from the Cloister”, GradHacker -, June 2015

Blog Post: “Parenting in Public”, GradHacker -, April 2015

Commentary: “Dear Gordon College, You Do Not Speak For Me”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, July 2014

Book Review: Jeff Sharlet’s ‘Radiant Truths’: How Religion Shaped American Literary Journalism”, The Daily Beast, May 2014

Article: “Boston Marathon Bombings: Making Sense of the Social Media Blitz”,, April 2014

Article: “From Modesty to Maxim”, On Faith, February 2014

Commentary: “Lena Dunham is the New John Updike – But Not in a Good Way”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, January 2014

Commentary: “The Tolerance Paradox”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, September 2013

Feature: “On a Mission to Save Godless Massachusetts”, The Boston Globe, August 2013

Book: Not Your Mother’s Morals: How the New Sincerity is Changing Pop Culture for the Better, Bondfire Books, January 2013

Article: “How to Write a Book without Paper”, Time Magazine - Online, February 2013

Article: “Sincerity, Not Irony, is Our Age’s Ethos”, The Atlantic - Online, November 2012

Article: “How TV Killed the Republican Party’s Family Values”, The Daily Beast, November 2012

Article: “Caspian Make a Case for Post-Post Rock”, The Metro, September 2012

Op-Ed: “Can You Come to Jesus without Church”, The Wall Street Journal, January 2012

Op-Ed: “The Young and the Wasted”, The Washington Post On Faith, April 2011

Article: “Whose College?”, Killing the Buddha, January 2011

Book Review: “Books from Brian McLaren and others”, The Star-Ledger, September 2010

Article: “Chinese Christians: Leading the Way”, Huffington Post, August 2010

Article: “Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism”, Religion Dispatches, July 2010

Op-Ed: “Winning Not Just Hearts, But Minds”, The Wall Street Journal, December 2009

Article: “Building a Peace Beyond Understanding”, Christianity Today, January 2009

Book Review: What is the What by Dave Eggars, Books and Culture, Spring 2007

Digital Initiatives and Projects

Women Writers Vector Toolkit Link:

Crowd Sourcing Genre Classification for the Viral Texts Project (work-in-progress)
Link: VT Crowdsource

Word Vector Analysis for Women Writers Online (work-in-progress)
Link: Word Vector Analysis

The Continuous Line: Visualizing the History of American Literary Journalism

A ‘Stunning’ Love Letter to Viral Texts, Viral Texts Project

3D Printed Pattern Poems
Link: Re-Presenting Early Modern Pattern Poems as Material Objects

The InstaEssay Archive, Spring 2015 - Present
Link: The InstaEssay Archive

Scholarly Editing

Knowledge, Nature, Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities and Social Sciences, Contributing Editor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Spring 2011

Selected Presentations

Paper: “Interdisciplinary Pedagogy During, and About, a Pandemic” (with Leslie Mandel), The 52nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, March 2021

Paper: “Forming the Whole Person and Teaching Against Oppression: The Centrality of the Humanities to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” (with Joseph Draper and Heather Josselyn-Cranson), The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Conference, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, October 2020

Paper: “Painting (Inequality) By Numbers: Visualizing Gender Disparity in Literary Bibliographies”, The 134th MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2019

Poster: “Stranger Genres: Computationally Classifying Reprinted Nineteenth Century Newspaper Texts” (w/Ryan Cordell), DH 2018, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2018

Paper: “The Perpetual Next Big Thing: The Rapid Media Change Theory and the History of Literary Journalism”, The Thirteenth Annual Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, Vienna, Austria, May 2018

Paper: “The Materials of Early Modern Poetry: 3-D Pattern Poems” (with Erika Boeckeler), The 133rd MLA Annual Convention, New York, NY, January 2018

Paper: “To See & Be Seen: Margaret Fuller and the ‘Pauper Establishments’”, American Studies Association 2017 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2017

Work-in-Progress: “The Continuous Line: Visualizing the History of American Literary Journalism”, The Twelfth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2017

Paper: “Vignettes: Micro-Fictions in the Nineteenth Century Newspaper” w/Ryan Cordell, 2016 ALA Symposium: The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre, Savannah, GA, October 2016

Paper: “What Made the Front Page in the 19th Century?: Computationally Classifying Genre in ‘Viral Texts’“, 2016 Keystone DH Conference, University of Pittsburgh, June 2016

Project Showcase: “The InstaEssay Archive”, 2015 Keystone DH Conference, University of Pennsylvania, July 2015

Poster: “In Search of Marvin Gardens”, Green City Spaces: Design + History + Literature, Northeastern University, April 2015

Paper: “Re-Presenting Early Modern Pattern Poems as Material Objects”, Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 2015

Paper: “Creating Futures for a New Generation of African Writers”, NEMLA 40th Convention, Boston, March 2009

Paper: “Radical & Relevant: Searching for a Culturally Significant Christ”, Christ in Cultures Conference, Gordon College, September 2006

Invited Talks

“The Pandemic Narrative: We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Not Die”, Pride Faculty Lecture Series, Regis College, February 2021

“The Other Fake News: Underrepresented Women Writers and the History of Literary Journalism”, Second Annual NULab Conference: Fake News/Real Knowledge: Histories, Structures, Futures, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, March 2017

Computationally Classifying Viral Texts, DSG & NULab Fall Welcome Event, Northeastern University, September 2017

Know the News, Panel, Eastern Nazarene College, September 2016

Viral Texts: An Informal Talk & Discussion, Boston College, September 2016

Lecturer/Panelist, The Future of Christianity Conference, Quincy, MA, January 2013

Panelist, Religion Newswriters Association Conference 2012, Washington, DC, October 2012

Media Appearances

Featured Guest, “Raising Your Inner Voice with Jay Foss”, Northshore 104.9, December 2020

On-air Commentary, “Dear Gordon College, You Do Not Speak For Me”, WBUR, July 2014

Featured Guest, “Millennial Irony”, HuffPo Live, January 2013

Featured Guest, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR/WBUR, December 2012

Featured Panelist, ABC News’ “Focus on Faith”, February 2011

Institutional Service

Curriculum and Planning Committee, Regis College, Fall 2020 - Present

Institutional Review Board, Regis College, Fall 2018 - Spring 2020

Panel Planning Committee Member, English Graduate Student Association Conference “The Imaginary”, Northeastern University, Spring 2016

Organizer The Northern Shores Writers Retreat, Eastern Nazarene College, January 2013

Technical Proficiencies

HTML, CSS, XML/TEI, R, Shiny, Jekyll, WordPress, Omeka, Neatline, GIS, Gephi/Network Analysis