Ph.D. English Literature, Wayne State University, 2009- 2013 (expected)

Dissertation: “Drawn Out in Love: Religious Experience, the Public Sphere, and Evangelical Lay Women’s Writing in Eighteenth Century England”

Committee: Michael Scrivener (director), Lisa Maruca, Simone Chess, Colin Jager (Rutgers University)

“Drawn Out in Love: Religious Experience, the Public Sphere, and Evangelical Lay Women’s Writing in Eighteenth Century England” explores the writing of eighteenth century evangelical lay women in print, poetry, and educational material. Through careful attention to both the content and materiality of their texts I reveal how the women of the evangelical revival used subjective spiritual experience as an impetus for entry into the public discourses of print, and in turn, how their religious narratives were shaped by these discourses.  My chapters on women’s conversion narratives, moral literature for children, and religious poetry  demonstrate the ways that personal spiritual experience prompted engagement with an evangelical public sphere shaped around the confluence of oral, manuscript, and print culture. Ultimately, through its investigation of under-researched yet influential women writers  my dissertation contends that the discursive construction of enthusiasm and Enlightenment during the eighteenth century worked symbiotically to create the discourse conditions necessary for secularization, Romanticism, and modernity itself.

MA, English Literature, Eastern Michigan University, 2007-2009

BA, English Literature, Political Science, summa cum laude, Spring Arbor University, 2003-2007


Adjunct Professor of English, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI – 2013-Present.

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

  • NEH Summer Scholar at the NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on Reassessing British Romanticism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013.
  • Thomas C. Rumble Dissertation Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2012 – 2013
  • Terrance King Memorial Fellowship in English, Wayne State University, 2012-2013
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Literature, Eastern Michigan University – 2008-2009


Eighteenth Century and Romanticism

Discourse Analysis

  • Barton, Ellen & Winckles, Andrew. “Analyzing Ethics-in-Interaction in Medical Decision-Making.” In Routledge Handbook of Health Communication. Ed. Heidi E. Hamilton and Sylvia Chou. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming.

Conference Presentations:

Eighteenth Century and Romanticism

Discourse Analysis 

Teaching Experience:

1.ENG 212: Historical Humanities Research in the Digital Age, Siena Heights University, Fall 2013

  • Designed research course for humanities majors focused on conducting and presenting historical research
  • Worked with the class to preserve a rare copy of Hannah More’s Cheap Repository Tracts using the Omeka digital archiving software
  • Created a website: to forward work on More and her contemporaries in the digital humanities.

2.ENG 101: Reading and Writing 1, Siena Heights University, Fall 2013

  • Taught two sections of freshman composition
  • Focused on developing student’s skills of analysis and argument through media critique

3. ENG 3120: English Literature after 1700, Wayne State University, Winter and Summer 2013

  • Designed and taught survey course in British literature
  • Integrated digital humanities into the curriculum (see this example of a student project)

4. Composition Instructor, Wayne State University, 2009-2011

5. Federal TRIO Program English Instructor, Wayne State University, Summer 2010

  • Taught English 1020 to underrepresented students in Federal TRIO grant program
  • Coordinated with TRIO support staff to provide intensive learning environment for students

6. University Writing Center Consultant, Eastern Michigan University, 2008-2009 and Wayne State University, 2009-2010.

  • Conducted one on one writing consultation sessions with undergraduate and graduate students from every department of the University.

7. Composition Instructor, Eastern Michigan University, 2008-2009

  • Taught English 121 – Introduction to Research and Writing
  • Taught writing workshops at University Writing Center

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant to Ellen Barton, Professor and Chair, English Department, Wayne State University. Provided research assistance for discourse analysis projects on medical communication and ethics.


2010 Wayne State University English Department Composition Program Orientation

  • Participated in panel discussion on “How to Teach ENG 1020 Successfully”

“Substance and Style: Workshop on Generating Class Discussion and Teaching at the Sentence Level” for Wayne State University English Dept. Feb. 22, 2011.

  • Participated in panel discussion on “Strategies for Generating Class Discussion.”

 “Teaching Workshop: Teaching with Technology & Designing Themed Courses” for Wayne State University English Dept. April 12, 2011.

  • Participated in panel discussion on “Designing Themed Courses.”

Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Committee

  • Graduate representative on University-wide committee charged with awarding grant for an artist-in-residence.


  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • International Conference on Romanticism
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
  • American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
  • 18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Association

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