Experience & Education


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Duke University Continuing Education

Spring 2016 – Narrative Writing Course

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, NC

2008-09 | Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

University of North Carolina Greensboro

2004-06 | Graduate Instructor, Department of English


Admitted to Practice Law in North Carolina State and Federal Courts

The Hodgman Law Firm, Greensboro, NC

2005-06 | Associate Attorney. Part-time associate in worker’s compensation firm; prepared cases for mediation; drafted civil complains to accompany WC claims

United States District Court, Elizabeth City, NC

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

McSurely and Osment, Chapel Hill, NC

2002-03 | Law Student Intern. Assisted in civil rights plaintiffs’ litigation, evaluated depositions, conducted research, and drafted complaints

North Carolina Justice Center, Raleigh, NC

2001-03 | Law Student Intern. Assisted in political asylum cases, collecting witness statements and conducting research, often in French language

Turner, Enochs & Lloyd, Greensboro, NC

2002 | Summer Associate. Assisted in a variety of cases, including bankruptcy and estate law cases


Freelance Journalist, 2014-Present

Current Columnist Positions:

  • Huffington Post Books. 2016-present. “I Need Coffee.” On the business side of writing.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae. 2014-present. “The Freelance Academic,” on adding freelancing to your academic life; “Life of the Mind, Interrupted,” on mental health in academia.

Columnist, The Carolinian. Weekly Column: “Southern Semantics.” University of North Carolina Greensboro. 2006-2007.

Staff Writer. Brentwood Magazine, Los Angeles. 1998.

Staff Features Writer. News and RecordGreensboro. 1997. Selected Clips:

Staff Writer and Associate Photography Editor. The Chronicle. Duke University. 1995-1997.


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 Recipient
  • UNCG English Department Tuition Fellowship Recipient
  • UNCG English Department Graduate Assistantship Recipient
  • UNCG Hennis Travel Fund Award recipient


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 Doctorate

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 in Creative Writing

May 2000 | Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars


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

Bachelor of Arts in French and English

December 1997 | Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences


  • 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