Who am I, you may ask? Great question, really. My name is Laura, and I’m what I’d call a reluctant(ish) academic.

If you want to define me by titles (because yes, sometimes titles can be super helpful), then I’m a PhD candidate and graduate student instructor of English and Film Studies. I love what I do, but I’m also someone who has been torn between competing interests her entire life: literature/journalism, indoors/outdoors, thinker/doer, local/non-local…the list goes on and on. Basically, I like to live in those grey spaces between dualities, which is just a nicer way of saying I’m a frustratingly indecisive person.

So in rather uncharacteristic fashion, both in an effort to crack my introvert-induced exterior of vocal reticence and also as an attempt to mediate the professional demands of an ever-changing discipline, I’m taking to the public written word (oh boy) in order to work through what I see as issues of importance in those dualities and hoping you’ll join in the conversation as well (if, at the very least, so I’m not engaging in a monologue with myself).


P.S. In case you’re curious about my interests, here’s a brief list:

Research Interests: 20th-21st century Irish and American literature; feminist periodicals; discourses of nationalism and modernization; media studies; women’s and gender studies; civil rights activism; social movement analysis; and archival studies.

Non-research Interests: music (so much music); hiking (anytime, anywhere); travel, especially road trips (who doesn’t?); coffee shops (it’s hard to find that balance of casual/cool vibes and artisan delights); and San Francisco Giants baseball.