I am a doctoral candidate in the American Studies program at the University of Texas and a lecturer in the Department of English at Texas State University. I also study young people and participatory culture. My primary research interests include the Gothic and nineteenth-century horror literature, as well as depictions of the carnivalesque in horror fiction and in popular culture. My recent work has been published in Gothic Studies, Children's Literature, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Supernatural Studies, as well as in Religion, Culture, and the Monstrous: Of Gods and Monsters (Lexington Books, 2021), Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma (Routledge, 2020), The Big Top on the Big Screen: Explorations of the Circus on Film (McFarland Press, 2020), and Representing Kink: Fringe Sexuality and Textuality in Literature, Digital Narrative, and Popular Culture (Lexington Books, 2019). My edited volume Encountering Pennywise: Critical Perspectives on Stephen King's IT will appear with the University Press of Mississippi in 2022.