I am a PhD Candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies. I received my B.A. and my M.A. in English from The Ohio State University. My dissertation explores how the sailors were depicted in 18th century British literature and culture. I examine a variety of texts, including sea songs, poems, novels, plays, treatises, and broadsheets in order to create a complex view of the many perspectives of sailors and sailing and how those views changed over the course of the long 18th century. I am also interested in how space influences identity, particularly how the space of the ship affects performance of a sailor identity and the eventual stereotyping of men who went to sea. My teaching experience includes 76-101 Interpretation and Argument, 76-809 Writing Research for Graduate Students, 76-270 Writing for the Professions, and 76-203 Pirates and Prostitutes in the 18th Century. Last but not least, I am Assistant to the Director at the Global Communication Center where I have the pleasure to train new tutors and help clients refine their communication skills.