Check out this page to see a working portfolio of some of my past projects! I’ll be updating it with new creations as I continue my studies. Additionally, you can view more of my work under sub-pages found in the above drop-down menu!
To start, here’s a paper I had a lot of fun completing for an introductory Anthropology class I took my very first semester at UMW. I got to analyze a Mary Washington campus tradition in our dining hall: Nug Night. It was challenging but so cool to look at my own community’s everyday routines through an analytical anthropological lens, and this assignment was a great taste of independent research for me freshman year. Ethnographic Fieldwork
Another fun project from my foundational studies was the work I completed in my gateway English course, where we wrote short papers throughout the semester using prominent literary theories to analyze works. This assignment was my final paper in that course, in which I examined Reader Response Theory, my personal favorite approach to literary analysis. Reader Response Theory
In my studies of linguistics at UMW, I’ve gotten to explore a variety of subareas in this broader field. When studying morphology, I also got the chance to practically apply the knowledge of this area through researching a language of my choice. To look at a less conventional area of morphophonemics, I decided to investigate signed languages, which can be frequently overlooked in this field because of their nonorthographic structure. Specifically, I focused on the formation of verbs in American Sign Language here. Verb Formation Morphology in Signed Languages
After studying various genres of creative writing for a semester, I took on the challenge of revisiting and revising several major assignments from my intro to creative writing course. Personally, I am much more used to and comfortable with writing formal, academic papers than loose, creative pieces. As a result, many of these assignments had been difficult for me to undertake initially, and I had to work hard to let my brain separate my stiff academic writing from my own inner creativity. The pieces in this file are very different from my normal writing, but I found a real love for them and for my creative voice. They’re also accompanied by another reflection I wrote during that same revision process, so it’s a great resource for me looking back at past work! Revised Creative Writing
One of my favorite things about being and English major is how broadly applicable literary studies are. In reading and examining literature of all varieties, we can gain insight into our societies and others, as well as how media like books can actually influence those worlds. One course which really drove this home for me was Disability in Literature, wherein we used the lens of disability studies to engage with novels that represented disability and/or impacted social perceptions of it. The final paper I wrote for this course was a personal choice essay on any of the books we had read that semester, engaging with a facet of disability studies. I chose to analyze John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as a (mis)representation of the “idiotic autistic” character trope, and the social implications of such a trope. Of Mice and Misrepresentation (Side note: can you tell I really like fun titles?)
In line with my studies of disability, I completed an education-based research project on the representations of disability in children’s literature. As a future teacher, ensuring my students have access to diverse and accessible books is a top priority for me. Thus, I really wanted to look into the existing literature on this subject, to see what my students would have access to right now. Unfortunately, I found an unsurprising lack of disability representation in existing children’s books; even further, the representations were usually quite poor. As part of this assignment, I also wrote an allegorical creative fiction piece to show what I found in the process of my research. Disability Representation in Children’s Literature and The Unknown and the Different
In my most recent semester at UMW, I discovered a personal passion for modernist literature. I’m an absolute sucker for its trademark layered meanings, nontraditional form, and sometimes incomprehensible complexity. In studying this, I wrote several argumentative papers analyzing various modern novels–one of which focused on E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India, and the complex social commentary woven within its form and content. “Never Be Friends with the English!”
Coming soon: senior theses, creative writing, and more!