Research

Research Focus

  • late nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature
  • disability studies, animal studies, bioethics
  • modernist studies

 

Current Research

My dissertation centers on pests and parasites in the modernist period, with a focus on bioethics. I study literal parasites (such as mosquitoes, hookworms, lice, and so forth) as well as so-called social parasites. The modernist period is particularly noteworthy in the context of parasitism, as parasitology burgeoned as a distinct field of study during this era, and many organizations and governments used “parasite” as a derogatory way of describing certain minority groups (e.g., the Nazi use of “Die Parasiten” to refer to so-called parasitic races, as well as the Soviet Anti-Social Parasite Laws).

See my CV for more information on essays published and conference presentations.

 

Future Research

  • contagion and toxicity in cultural narratives
  • intersections of animal studies and disability studies (including “anthropocentric ableism”)
  • environmental contamination and chronic illness

“Degeneration” defines many modernist narratives, a concept often rooted in eugenics and derived from the devastating impact of the First World War. Building on my current research, I’m planning on writing about the relationship between contagion (real and perceived) and illness and disability.