I was born and raised just outside of Detroit, the daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college student. I grew up with two older sisters and no cable, so we were either reading great stories or wreaking enough havoc to make a good story ourselves. When I was about 9, I saw my first Shakespeare play at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. After that I was a goner for all things literary.
Given my foundational love of character and narrative, I chose to study English and Psychology at university (really, it was a no-brainer). After my undergraduate work, I went on to earn my M.A. in English and Performance Studies from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and then my Ph.D. in English from Indiana University, with distinction – a rare honor. Even as my degree honed my writing, my research deepened my expertise on the media history of psychology and medicine, policy and law, science and statistics. I became fascinated by how different media shape our communication strategies, our knowledge formations, and how language lives in the world. From this research, I wrote a dissertation on biopolitics and the emergence of data storytelling. Shortly after I defended said dissertation, I accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship and Faculty position at Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication. At Tech, I taught media history, writing and communication strategies to STEM and business-oriented majors. My job? Helping students communicate complex arguments and technical information to both insider and outsider audiences. I taught students how to build more effective presentations, leverage digital media tools for communication, utilize and synthesize data, write and design content for better audience impact.
While doing this work at Tech, I began to receive requests from other faculty and businesses who needed the same sort of guidance on communicating their brands, products and research strategically to target audiences. I started writing copy and designing for websites, blogs, executive reports, and other high-impact deliverables. That work quickly turned into consulting with executives on how to build their brand’s story, look and feel, and providing creative direction on full-funnel content strategies. I found that my expertise in media history and audience-centered communication gave me a unique perspective on how to optimize different channels, deliverables, language and design aesthetics to grow and capture ideal audiences. It was that expertise that brought me fully into the world of content marketing and creative strategy, and ultimately into full-time storytelling at Big Sea.
When I’m not writing for clients or collaborating with my team of creatives, well, I’m still writing. I’m a member of the historic Atlanta Writers Club, where I workshop original fiction and nonfiction. I’m also an award-winning, published scholar on the history of science, medicine and law. I write stuff on criminal dissection and early anatomy, the history of the insanity plea, the rise of forensics in murder trials, and the eerie practice of anthropodermic bibliopegy. I love to stay on top of my research by writing blog posts, giving talks, taking up visiting research fellowships, and editing peer-reviewed articles for old colleagues. When my head isn’t bent over the keys or a book, I’m playing cards and board games with my husband, Jake, cooking, crocheting, or struggling to herd our four rescue animals: Maggie and Merritt (dogs), Matilda and Valkyrie (cats).