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Columbia University

  • Ph.D. student in English and comparative literature. Expected May 2020.

Fordham University, Fordham College at Lincoln Center

  • Bachelor of Arts in English and American studies, concentration in creative writing. May 2011.
  • Honors program; GPA 3.878

Publications & Presentations


  • “Rebecca Sanchez’s Deafening Modernism: Doing Disability Studies Beyond—But Not Against—Identity”; The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, forthcoming.
  • “H.D. On War: Paper Bullets, Silkworms, and Palimpsests”; guest lecture, presented in Columbia University course “Modernism and Media,” March 2016.
  • “Writing Diabetes: Autobiography as a Method of Making Private Bodies Public”; undergraduate honors thesis, presented April 2011.
  • “Cherry Orchard or Time Machine? Temporality and Social Order in Chekov,” Bricolage Literary Studies Journal, May 2011.
  • “‘I Want to Call Myself an Iraqi:’ The Changing Names, Plans and Secrets of an Iraqi-American Family”; oral history essay completed April 2011; published as appendix to Elizabeth Stone’s “Teaching Oral History in a College-Level ‘New Wave Immigrant Literature’ Course,” Oral History Review, August 2013.
  • “Little Red Riding Hood, the Deconstructionist: Feminism and Derrida,” Bricolage Literary Studies Journal, May 2010.
  • Native Americans in the Celebration,” “African-Americans in the Celebration,” “Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission,” “Biography of J.P. Morgan”: historical and biographical essays presented as part of honors class’ Husdon-Fulton Celebration Project at Fordham University, December 2008.


Work and Leadership Experience

  • Teaching Fellow—Columbia University, Fall 2015-present.
    • Teach freshman writing composition course, “University Writing: Contemporary Essays.”
    • Provide written feedback on drafts and final papers.
    • Lecture and lead discussions on scholarly texts and writing craft.
    • Provide one-on-one conference workshops for students’ drafts.
  • Project Assistant—Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project; Columbia University, Spring 2016-present.
    • Organize and promote monthly guest lectures and working group meetings.
    • Work with Center for the Study of Social Difference to coordinate speakers’ travel arrangements and reimbursements.
    • Manage graduate fellows’ Google Group, and distribute materials and delegate responsibilities to fellows for each event.
    • Maintain bibliography of scholarship on precision medicine and the humanities.
  • Rapporteur—Columbia University Seminar on Disability, Culture, and Society, Fall 2015-present.
    • Organize, promote, and take minutes at monthly guest lectures.
    • Work with university administration to arrange accommodations for attendees with disabilities.
    • Work with University Seminars office to maintain up-to-date member roster and archive.
  • Graduate Assistant—Keywords/Key Questions for Disability Studies Symposium; Columbia University, October 2015.
    • Organized and promoted two-day conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the release of Keywords for Disability Studies (ed. Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin).
    • Coordinated speakers’ travel and reimbursements.
    • Managed speakers’ presentation materials and arranged filming and A/V support for the event.
    • Worked with university administration to arrange accommodations for attendees with disabilities.
    • Wrote event recap for the Center for the Study of Social Difference’s blog.
  • Senior Editor—Law360, May 2012 to July 2014.
    • Edit 10-15 legal news stories per day, with a focus on in-depth analysis and breaking news.
    • Primarily structural editing, but also includes line and copy edits.
    • Work closely with reporters to improve the structure and argument of their analysis.
    • Review headlines and lead paragraphs to make sure they are clear, eye-catching and of interest to our readership.
    • Review other editors’ work for missed errors or areas in need of improvement.
    • Train new reporters on newswriting conventions and house style.
  • Editor—Law360, June 2011 to May 2012
    • Edited 16-20 legal news stories per day for AP style and accuracy, with subject matter including corporate, environmental, employment, consumer protection and intellectual property law.
    • Proofread headlines and lead paragraphs.
  • Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader—Skyhorse Publishing, March 2012 to March 2013
    • Edited manuscripts for style, spelling, grammar and accuracy based on Chicago and house styles.
  • Editor-in-Chief—The Fordham Observer; 2010 to 2011
    • Oversaw all aspects of the newspaper’s content and production process, including budget.
    • Administered journalism workshop classes and editorial board meetings.
    • Conducted investigative reporting on hard news stories; wrote staff editorials.
    • Advised section editors on content, style and reporter management.

Awards and Honors

  • Bunner Prize for best essay on American literature, Columbia University, 2015.
  • Graduated summa cum laude, in cursu honorum, Fordham University, 2011.
  • Departmental honors in English, Fordham University, 2011.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2011.
  • Senior Leadership Award for Journalism, Fordham University, 2011.
  • Placed in top 20 (of 1,400) in New York Times Modern Love Essay Contest, 2011.
  • During my tenure as editor-in-chief, the Fordham Observer won first place in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, 2011.
  • Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prize, Fordham University; received award two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011.
  • Fordham Observer won the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Newspaper Convention’s Best of Show contest for a nonweekly four-year university newspaper, 2010.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2010.
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, 2010.
  • Dean’s List, Fordham University, 2007-2011.
  • National Merit Scholarship, 2007-2011.
  • Full-tuition merit scholarship, Fordham University, 2007-2011.

Volunteer Work

  • Founding Member of BABE—Feminist performance collective based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2013-2014. Promoted and performed in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, wrote scripts for original performance pieces, maintained social media presence.
  • Executive Board Co-President of Fordham University Global Outreach, 2010-2011. Administered international student outreach projects related to social justice issues, fundraised, coordinated outreach and awareness events within the university community. 


  • Copy Editing (AP and Chicago styles)
  • Mac and Windows proficient
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of PACER, LexisNexis
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop


  • French—Proficient
  • Spanish—Conversational speaking
  • Modern Standard Arabic—Beginner reading, writing, speaking
  • Latin—Beginner reading
  • Portuguese—Beginner speaking, reading