University of California, San Diego | Ph.D. Communication: Expected Completion 2021
San Diego State University | M.A., History: December 2015
San Diego State University | Community College Teaching Certificate: May 2015
Le Cordon Bleu Paris, France | Certificate de Cuisine de Base | May 2002
Calvin College | Grand Rapids, Michigan. B.A., Business Administration : May 1997
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
19th and 20th-century U.S. History | 20th-century Europe | DH Pedagogy Design
Gender Identity & Rebellion | Girls’ Studies | Multi-Modal Scholarship
Queer & Feminist Musicology | punk & grunge | counter-culture feminisms
Media Theory | Sci-fi Pop/ Dystopias | History of DIY Material
Outstanding Faculty Award; San Diego State University Weber Honors College,
Honorable Mention; Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Southern California Regional Conference, April 2015.
Student Research Symposium Dean’s Award, Arts & Letters, San Diego State University, March 2014.
Richard Ruetten Memorial Scholarship, November 2014.
Digital Humanities Research & SKILLS
Deformance | Data Mining | Data Visualization | Concept Mapping |AR | MR | VR
Interactive Essays | Multi-modal Research & Presentations | Digital Syllabi |
DH Research Guides | Digital Curation & Publishing | DH Best Practices |
With a focus on student-led learning in the Humanities classroom, I have created models for inspiring analysis and discovery into audiovisual learning activities called HACKS. These are digital critiques [deFORMANCE] of course material and social constructions of gender, race, sex/sexuality, ethnicity, location/geography, class, religion, and time. Learning outcomes in this model are enhanced with student participation in the design of the activities and include technological and interdisciplinary fluencies. To read about HACKS, microessays/MACROHACKS and more, please click here.
Microsoft® Hololens, HTC VIVE™, Oculus Rift, Microsoft® PowerPoint® Software on SMART Board™, Adobe® Acrobat, Adobe® Photoshop, Aurasma, Basecamp, Keynote, iMovie, Lexos, Omeka, Pages, Poll Everywhere, Scalar, Sketchfab, textexture, TimeRime, WordPress, YouTube, Vimeo, ZeeMaps, Zotero and other tools for CRM, e-learning design, social media, and e-newsletters.
DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS
American Culture (HUM370) online Summer 2017 – Present
This virtual class explores the multivalent applications, meanings, and values of 20th-century American [sub]culture(s). We will observe “style” and body movements as challenging ideas of respectability to assert distinctive identities. Some principal postures that will be examined in detail are: how gender, race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity are “performed” through the music, art, lyrics, and literature. Following identity, we will also correlate regionalities where countercultures are invented and evolved. Additionally, we will acknowledge the role of media in reinscribing mainstream culture, and the meaning of “celebrity” as a representation of modern social mobility. Most importantly, this is an inverted, team-based seminar module-course utilizing ZOOM, WordPress, Instagram, and Youtube.
American Culture (Honors HUM370) Jan 2017-Present
DH Collaboration with Love Library Special Collections and ITS Learning Resource Studio
This class engages with countercultures and subcultures as they struggle against the sanctioned behaviors of mainstream 19th and 20th-century America and claim their aesthetic territory through multivalent, politically articulate and illicit performances. Students conduct critical screenings of documentary and mediated film and specifically engage with HBO®’s Foo Fighter’s Sonic Highways series. Finally, this is an interactive class using new media and digital platforms in a Learning Research Studio. This specialized environment supports students as they learn new technologies, create digital expressions of course topics, discuss theory and critique visualizations.
The Future (Honors HUM409) Aug 2016-Present
DH Collaboration with Love Library Special Collections & Media Center, NEH Grant, and ITS Learning Resource Studio
This class engages with speculative, pop-ontological, and techno-anxiety inducing
sci-fi to explore the broad spectrum of realities presented in visual as well as written narratives. Students conduct critiques of the social constructions of bodies and spaces in “The Future” through media specific analysis and digital platforms. The experimental learning space supports student collaborative learning, interactive visualizations, and multi-modal discussions. Additionally, the use of Virtual Reality (HTC VIVE) is used to physically answer questions of reality and perception.
NEH Grant: Level 1 Start-Up San Diego, CA Sept 2015-May 2016
Building and Broadening the Digital Humanities Through a Regional Network
Over the course of one year, this group of 30 faculty members from the San Diego region gathered to innovate digital pedagogy and Digital Humanities (DH) best practices for institutions serving diverse student populations.
Led the working group HACKING the HUMANITIES Lesson. Helped faculty create Digital Pedagogy Options for HACKS to serve students in a wide-range of higher-education institutions (R1 to Community College) in San Diego.
Designed an interactive learning resource for HACKS (digital learning activities with written, technological, and creative components). The resource also includes student learning instructions and objectives, and rubric.
Created a supplemental visual and sonic source containing; theory (DADA, Kandinsky, Situationist International, etc.); instructions and reflections from students in H110 (2015); audiovisuals from punk, riot grrrl, and grunge artists.
Digital Humanities Specialist & Facilitator
Created DH Pedagogy Practices for Humanities classes (Digital Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Rubrics, and Surveys). As a trainer demonstrated the functionality of multi-modal technology platforms for both research and pedagogy.
SDSU CENTER FOR TEACHING and LEARNING Faculty Reading Group on Digital Humanities | Member & Digital Trainer
SDSU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group | Member & Digital Trainer
DHSocCal THATCamp The Humanities and Technology Camp Fall 2014 | Participant
CTL Digital Pedagogy Exhibit May 12, 2015 | Presenter
Cyberfronterismos Colloquium March 5, 2015| Panelist
ReBOOT 2015 | Presenter & Trainer
Digital Thesis: Montezuma Publishing (December 2015)
grunge feminism: performing gender paradox in queered plays of hypertextuality
Grunge Feminism is a multi-modal work presenting a non-linear and completely interactive reader experience. The thesis has intensionally embedded multimedia primary sources for three-dimensional engagement and examination that open up new interpretative opportunities that expand beyond the work itself. This thesis is the first interactive scholarly work produced by a History M.A. student at San Diego State University.
Claiming that the history of grunge and the meaning of its musical expression has suffered as a result of its early categorization as a hyper-masculinized rock genre, this thesis explores grunge as a performative feminism. Grunge feminism questions late 20th-century American concepts of gender, sexuality, and feminism through queered and Camped lyrics, vocals, and speech. The thesis focuses on Courtney Love as a queer provocateur who deliberately deconstructed gender in the 1990s and successfully weakened the ability of the commercialized music industry to commodify the female body and its associated binary gender constraints.
Digital Collaboration HACKINTOHISTORY (H110) Spring 2015
Featured Course at SDSU CTL Digital Pedagogy Showcase May 12, 2015
Teaching Associate and Co-Director of H110
Re-designed U.S. History (Reconstruction through 21st-Century) to incorporate Digital Humanities learning activities for 450 students. Lectures and sections taught and encouraged students to observe multiple iterations of events, artifacts, technology, music, etc. through the lenses of gender, race, religion, and class. Building upon the format of History I, students discussed and digitally interpreted history topics in an inverted class setting. Through creative analytical assignments such as “HACKS” and microessays/MACROHACKS, students interrogated and deconstructed the historical narrative through deFormance approaches. Formal essays also engaged the digital, allowing students to study visual media and music as critical avenues of investigation in their topics of interest.
Technology Integration Pilot in U.S. History I (H109) Fall 2014
Teaching Associate and Digital Facilitator
Initiated the use of timeline and blogging technology platforms in two sections of undergraduate history (approx. 58 students). Students learned principals of Digital Humanities to engage with primary and secondary sources. Learning Outcomes included: Diversified Technological Abilities: Students demonstrated working knowledge of uploading, curating, and displaying PDFS, Mp3s, JPGs in addition to organizing important events and people in chronological and interactive spatialization; Written Communication/Digital Publishing: Students analyzed course material in the form of blog posts and comments, essays, tagging descriptions, and artifact details; Critical Thinking: Students identified, compared, and constructed new creative artifacts of examination for early American History through the Civil War.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Hacking History with Layered Student Research
Western Historical Association Conference San Diego, CA., November 2, 2017.
PANELIST: Beyond Edutainment: Teaching & Learning with Immersive Technology
California State University Immersive Learning Summit San Diego, CA., October 27, 2017.
Kurt Cobain: Inverting American Masculinity in Grunge
Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference; San Diego, CA.
April 13, 2017.
Embracing Diversity and Building Humanities Communities through Layered Student Research
Humanities Education and Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. March 2, 2017
Challenging Reality: Analyzing Visual Artifacts in Humanities Teaching Learning Through Digital Humanities: A Showcase; University of San Diego;
San Diego, CA., October 21, 2016.
Re/Inventions: Alterna[rra]tives Conference, California State University Long Beach, CA., April 7, 2016.
grunge feminism: The Subversive Hypertextuality of the Queered Voice Performed Through the Body
Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference Seattle, WA.. March 25, 2016.
The Subversive Voice of Third-Wave Feminism as a Play of Aporia in Grunge
California American Studies Association Annual Conference at CSU Fullerton; Fullerton, CA., April 25, 2015.
African-American Quilts as Cultural Strategies within the Social System of Slavery in Antebellum Louisiana
Southern California Phi Alpha Theta Conference at California Lutheran University; Thousand Oaks, CA., April 26, 2014.
Gender Rebellion in Rock: Examining Courtney Love and Liz Phair as Maxims of Third Wave Feminism
16th Annual History Graduate Student Symposium Fresno State University; Fresno, CA., March 22, 2014.
Lecturer | San Diego State University Aug 2016-Present
The Future (HUM409) [Honors], American Culture (HUM370) [Honors], American Culture (Online); Classics & Humanities Department
Teaching Associate & Digital Facilitator | San Diego State University Aug 2014-May 2015
U.S. History (H109-H110); 450 Students; History Department
Graduate Assistant | San Diego State University Aug 2013-May 2014
Holocaust (H440) & World History (H100); 120 Students; History Department
Guest Lecturer | San Diego State University May 6, 2014
History of Sexuality; 120 Students; History Department
Web Content Writer 4 Years | Fashion Industry 10 Years | Human Resources 4.5 Years | Operations & Logistics 6 Years | Sole Proprietor 4 years
Freelance Web Content Writer & Strategist Mar 2009-Sept 2013
Selected Clients & Projects:
It’s Just Lunch® | GHOST BLOGGER & COPYWRITER | Palm Desert, CA
Estrategyfirst for Stuart Weitzman | CONTENT WRITER | Petaluma, CA
Dekker Marketing for Vistage International| CONTENT WRITER & STRATEGIST | San Diego, CA
Staffing Coordinator C.A.C., C.S.P. Feb 2003-Jul 2007
Pro Tem Legal Services | San Diego, CA
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
The Fashion Group International® Mar 2012-Present
San Diego Mesa College Fashion Advisory Board May 2012-Present
Society for American Music Mar 2014-Present
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Oct 2015-Present Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) Jan 2017-Present