Academic Presentations and Invited Talks

·        "Retheorizing Disability in Byron’s The Deformed Transformed." 2018. North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. June 2018.

·         “Hacking Norms & The Contested BodyMind.” Roundtable discussion with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jillian Weise, Susannah Nevison, and Jim Ferris. Split This Rock Poetry Festival. April 2018.

·         “William Hay Before the Norm.” Northeast Modern Language Association, April 2018.

·         “Inventing Jenner: Historicizing Vaccine Skepticism.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2018.

 Talking about Galvini and the history of science at the Frankenstein at 200 event at Penn Book Center.

Talking about Galvini and the history of science at the Frankenstein at 200 event at Penn Book Center.

·         “Roundtable: ASECS and V21.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2018.

·         “The Science of Frankenstein.” Frankenstein at 200: A Conversation. Penn Book Center. January 2018.

·         “Bioinsecurity and Romantic Immunity.” Special Session: “Insecure Enlightenment,” chaired by Dustin Stewart. Modern Language Association, January 2018.

·         “The Blood is the Life”: Dracula and the Victorian Politics of Blood. In Conversation with the Rosenbach Museum & Library: Frankenstein & Dracula – Gothic Monsters, Modern Science. November 2017.

·         “Disability and Romantic Medicine: The Case of the Pneumatic Institute.” VariAbilit(ies): The History and Representation of the Body in its Diversity, June 2017.

·         “Disabling Vaccination: Autism and the Specter of Rehabilitative Futurism.” Disability as Spectacle, University of California, Los Angeles. April 2017.

 Post-lecture at Rosenbach Museum and Library in front of the Frankenstein/Dracula exhibit with my wall text

Post-lecture at Rosenbach Museum and Library in front of the Frankenstein/Dracula exhibit with my wall text

·         “Historicizing Anti-Vaccination: Propaganda, Poetry, and Pathography.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2017.

·         “Bioinsecurity and the Victorian Anti-Vaccination Movement.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies: “Odd Bodies.” March 2017.

·         “Bioinsecurity and Romantic Immunity.” Eighteenth-Century Science(s). Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. February 2017.

·         “Gas Exchanges: Permeability, Self-Experimentation, and Immunity.” The Coleridge Summer Conference, August 2016.

·         “Beyond Hagiography: Portraiture Across the History of Medicine.” Arts and the Health Humanities: Intersections, Inquiry, Innovations. Panel co-organizer with Lance Wahlert (UPenn). April 2016.

·         “Prophylactic ‘Memoirs of the Plague’: Defoe Before Immunity.” Roundtable: Disability Narratives – Disability Studies Caucus. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2016.

·         “Transfusing Immunity: Dracula and the Case of Vampirism.” Immunity/Community. SUNY Stony Brook Cultural Analysis and Theory Department Graduate Conference. November 2015.

·         “Transfusing Immunity: Dracula and the Case of Vampirism.” Graduate Student Workshop. Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine. Materiality Medica. October 2015.

 My first lecture at The University of Pennsylvania.

My first lecture at The University of Pennsylvania.

·         “Curvature: A Queer Phenomenology of Scoliosis.” getting it-right/s. Society for Disability Studies Conference, June 2015.

·         “Becoming a Toxic Race: Quotidian Porosities and Trans-Corporeality in Susanne Antonetta’s The Body Toxic, An Environmental Memoir.” Undoing Health: States of Body and Mind. Indiana University Department of English International Graduate Conference, March 2014.

·         “Transcorporeality and Toxicity.” Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies 40th Anniversary Conference, Lightning Round Talks: Graduate Student Research. University of Pennsylvania, February 2014.

·         “The Monk: Exposing the Body at its Limits.” Monstrous Spaces in Pedagogy and Literature, St. John’s University Graduate Conference, March 2013.


Readings and other Performances

 Morris Arboretum Cherry Blossom Festival, public performance with Kyo Daiko (2016)

Morris Arboretum Cherry Blossom Festival, public performance with Kyo Daiko (2016)

  • Taiko performances with Kyo Daiko at Sakura Taiko Fest (Washington, DC), Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Morris Arboretum, Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia Marathon, The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Free Library, and The Democratic National Convention 2016 at the Avenue of the Arts/City of Philadelphia (2015-2018)

  • "Ancient Japanese Art Comes Alive," Atlanta Taiko Project Interview with Eric Durban for WABE Atlanta Sounds. January 5, 2015.

  • Asian Arts Initiative, Family Style Open Mic. October 18, 2013.

  • Tuesday Night Project, Tuesday Night Cafe: Open Mic. October 4, 2011.