Ph.D. in English. Stony Brook University, 2012

Dissertation: "From Mourning to Meditation: Theorizing Ecopoetics, Thinking Ecology" 

Committee: Rowan Ricardo Phillips (director), Peter Manning, Susan Scheckel, and Lynn Keller

Competency fields: 19th and 20th Century American Literature. Ecopoetics & Ecocriticism.

B.A. in English & History. Summa cum laude. State University of New York at Geneseo, 2004

Honors Thesis: Modern American Bohemianism 



Academic Awards & Honors

  • Morton E. Kahn and David Erdman Award for Best Dissertation [Dept. of English] (Stony Brook 2012)
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student [university-wide] (Stony Brook 2012)
  • Alan Babich Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching [Dept. of English] (Stony Brook 2011)
  • Mellon Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship (Stony Brook 2010)
  • Thomas Flanagan Paper Prize for Best Paper by a Doctoral Student [Dept. of English] (Stony Brook 2008)
  • Presidential Fellowship (Stony Brook 2007-2009)
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa (Geneseo 2004)
  • Beauchamp Award in English for Outstanding Graduating Senior in English (Geneseo 2004)
  • Byrnes Scholarship for Outstanding Graduating Senior in History (Geneseo  2004)


Writing Honors

  • Honorable Mention in the Landmark Prize for Fiction, 2017
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2017
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, 2013
  • The Robert Frost Haiku Prize, Sponsored through the Studios of Key West, 2013






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