For a full employment history, please contact me through the ‘Contact‘ page on this site.


September 2012 – June 2015: University of California at Irvine, MFA

August 2005 – May 2009: Biola University, BA

  • Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Summa cum Laude, 2009 

Awards & Honors

  • Artist’s Residency, Dorland Arts Colony, 2016, 2017
  • Graduate Student Research and Travel Award, 2015
  • Gerard Creative Writing Endowment, 2014

Courses Taught

University of Southern California

  • Writing Seminar I with Dr. David Albertson’s Culture and Values course “Reasons of Love: Eros and Transcendence” (Fall 2016, 2017, 2019), with Dr. Margaret Russett’s Culture and Values course “Family Feud” (Fall 2020), and with Dr. Lydie Moudileno’s course “Representing Islands” (Fall 2021)
  • Writing and Research Seminar II (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), “Imagined Futures: Humanity, Possibility, and Where We Go from Here,” “Into the Wild: The Individual in Nature,” “The Knowledge of Good and Evil,” “On the Road: Travel in the American Imagination,” “Rebels with a Cause: Youth, Rebellion, and Revolution,” “Wayfaring Strangers: Out of Place, Space, and Time”
  • Reading Salon (Fall 2017, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021), “‘Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story’: Narrative and Perspective in Literary Retellings,” “The Second Chance Book Club, or, To All the Books I’ve (Never) Loved Before,” “Once Upon a Time, They Lived Happily Ever After: Fairytales Told and Retold,” “Telling Untold Tales”

Biola University

  • Critical Thinking and Writing I (Fall 2013, Fall 2015), “Field-working,” “Contemporary Political Discourse”
  • Critical Thinking and Writing II (Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016), “Pilgrim’s Progress,” “Grace and the Grotesque: God and Evil in Southern Gothic”

University of California at Irvine

  • Critical Reading and Rhetoric (Fall 2012-Winter 2013, Fall 2014-Spring 2015), “Gun Violence,” “L.A. Noir”
  • Beginning Poetry Writing (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
  • Argument and Research (Spring 2013-Summer 2013, Winter 2016-Summer 2016), “Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the Global Economy”

Professional Work, University & Community Service

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing, Thematic Option, University of Southern California, 2019 – present

Lecturer in Writing, Thematic Option, University of Southern California, 2016 – 2019

Managing Editor of Palaver Arts Magazine, a USC student arts journal, 2016 – present

Lecturer, Composition Department, UC Irvine, 2015 – 2016

Adjunct Faculty, English Department, Biola University, 2013 – 2016

Teaching Assistant, Composition Department, UC Irvine, 2012 – 2015

Senior Fellow, USC Nova Forum for Catholic Thought, 2018 – present

Poetry Editor, The Curator, 2019 – 2020

Mentor, WriteGirl Los Angeles, 2016 – 2018

Poetry Editor, The Fem Literary Magazine, 2016 – 2017

Vestry Board Member, Church of the Angels, Pasadena, 2015 – 2019

Assistant Editor of Faultline, UC Irvine’s literary journal, 2013 – 2014

Co-Coordinator of MFA Reading Series, UC Irvine, 2013 – 2014