Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Composition

August 2007 |University of North Carolina Greensboro

Concentrations in Rhetoric & Composition, Critical Theory, and Rhetoric of Law


  • UNCG English Department Norman Fellowship
  • UNCG English Department Tuition Fellowship
  • UNCG English Department Graduate Assistantship


Actions in the Affirmative: Pragmatism, Pedagogy, Law, and the Affirmative Action Debate. Director: Hephzibah Roskelly. Readers: Stephen R. Yarbrough and Christian Moraru. This project combines rhetorical and legal theory with pragmatic philosophy to analyze the affirmative action debate.

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

May 2005 | University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Judicial Clerkship

The Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, Chief Judge
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2003-04

Juris Doctor

May 2003 | University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
Admitted to practice law in North Carolina State and Federal Courts


  • UNC School of Law Dean’s List 2001-2003
  • North Carolina Bar Association Pro Bono Award
  • UNC School of Law Pro Bono Recognition
  • Research Assistant for Professor Walker Blakey

Master of Arts

May 2000 | Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, concentration in Non-Fiction Writing


  • Fellowship Recipient
  • Writing workshops in nonfiction narrative and poetry
  • Master’s Thesis in Narrative Writing: The Rapist, My Love

Bachelor of Arts

December 1997 | Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Majors in English and French, Minor in Women’s Studies


  • Duke University Advanced Non-fiction Writing Course Best Essay Award, Spring 1997
  • Study Abroad at the University of Paris, 1997
  • Writing workshops with Mary Oliver, Joe Ashby Porter, Deborah Pope, Christina Askounis, and David Kellogg
  • Associate Photography Editor of the Yearbook (1995-96) and the student newspaper (1996-97)
  • Competed as a member of the intercollegiate Duke University Equestrian Team, 1994-97