Edited Volume | Mission Driven: Reimagining Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem​, with Stacy Hartman

 Inspired by both positive psychology and the career diversity turn, Mission Driven seeks to reimagine the humanities’ potential to thrive in the twenty-first-century. We envision the humanities as a sustainable, engaged, and joyful endeavor, and seek models of success that realize the potential of the humanities ecosystem in the information age.

Dissertation Monograph | The Search for Happiness: Gottfried Keller and the Myth of Modern Adulthood 
The field of positive psychology is a testament the 21st century's preoccupation with finding happiness, fulfillment, and well-being. How do the humanities complicate, complement, and converse with scientific approaches to the well-lived life?
 In this project, the optimistic fiction of 19th century Swiss novelist Gottfried Keller provides a point of departure to how story-telling can help us design a meaningful life. The book aims to imagine a model of personal growth that is informed by both science and the arts, bridging the humanities, psychology, and education.

Ongoing Survey

Send me your Vows

What do the promises
we make to each other
tell us about modern love?

Ongoing Research  | Radical Interdisciplinarity 
Curiosity drives discovery, urging us to find beauty and familiarity in things that seem strange at first
. Taking the stance of curiosity as a starting point, this project seeks to redefine interdisciplinarity. How do scientists experience the struggle for understanding, the formation of an idea, or the experience of observation? How has this human element of the natural sciences shaped the history of discovery? Where is the art, poetry, creativity, and humanistic practice in scientific inquiry? How can the humanities and sciences inform one another in research, educational practices, and the cultural evolution of the professions?

Research Group | 21st Century Global Atlanta Stories, with Sebnem Ozkan and Anna Stenport, Atlanta Global Studies Center

Atlanta is undergoing a fundamental sea change in its emergence as a global city in the American Southeast. Through multimedia story-telling and ethnographic research, this project documents the cross-cultural diversity of the city, engaging with heritage, immigrant, foreign-born communities and individuals that contribute to the transformation of Atlanta and Georgia. The project also seeks to reimagine American cultural identity for the 21st century.


"Trauma and the Promise of Modernity in Gottfried Keller's Dietegen." Monatshefte. Forthcoming September 2018. Available here:

"Agency and Political Engagement in Gide and Barrault’s Theatrical Adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. Volume 19, Issue 3. September 2017.  Available here:


"Radical Interdisciplinarity: Building Sustainable Models of Collaboration with STEM," 
with Anna Stenport (Georgia Tech), MLA Convention 2019.

"Career Design for Global Citizenship: An undergraduate course for FL majors" ADFL Summer Seminar, 2018

"Marriage as Migration in the Adultery Novel" (Talk); "Globalization in the 19th century" (Seminar); Seminar co-organizer with Jinyi Chu (Stanford Univ), Northeast MLA 2018.

"Fact and Fiction: Soviet and East German Espionage" James Bond Convention, Atlanta, 2018.

"The Conscience of Russian Spies in From Russia with Love and The AmericansSouth Atlantic MLA​ 2017


Hacking the Communicative Modes (Online Tools for Language Instruction), ACTFL Conference 2017

Writing in the Intermediate Classroom. AATG sponsored panel, ACTFL Conference 2017

"Empathy and Moral Judgment in Effi Briest" (Talk); "Comeuppance" (Panel), co-organized with Fritz Breithaupt (Indiana Univ Bloomington); Annual Neurohumanities Conference, Kent State University, 2016.

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