I hold a Master’s in English with a research emphasis on Science and Technology Studies at the University of British Columbia (2021). I am currently completing my PhD at the University of British Columbia, entering my third year.

Broadly, I am interested in language and health equity. I began my graduate studies with a focus on representations of mental illness in fiction, completing a project on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre (1847). Gradually, my interests evolved toward contemporary forms of illness. My current work emerges at the intersection of applied linguistics and medical humanities, where I am researching the communicative experiences of those who have eating disorders.

Teaching continues to be a sincere passion of mine. I previously contributed to an Equity Enhancement funded project at UBC to improve inclusive assessment practices, specifically language use in multiple choice exams. Alongside teaching, I have served in administrative support roles across various departments in academia. At UBC, I have held previous positions with the Faculty of Medicine, where I worked in admissions; as well with Enrolment Services, Office of Senate. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I completed a contract with the University of Victoria’s English Language Centre, where I served as a Cultural Assistant. In my spare time, I enjoy taking on professional writing work, having most recently completed a social impacts report for Woodfibre LNG’s Gender Safety Advisory Committee.


PhD Student, University of British Columbia
Department of English Language & Literatures
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory

MA, University of British Columbia
BA (Hons), University of Victoria


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