I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in the English Department, and the President of the Graduate English Students Association for the 2021-22 academic year. Prior to starting at UVa, I completed my B.A. in English at Oklahoma Christian University in 2017, and then I earned my M.A. in English at Georgetown University in 2020. My M.A. thesis focused on the intersections of contemporary literary realism, gay masculinities, and queer theories of utopia, which continue to shape my academic inquiries. My other research interests include affect theory and questions of critique and postcritique. From 2021-22, I will be a Graduate Fellow in the John L. Nau III History and Principles of Democracy Lab.