Anna earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa (UI) in May 2019. Her work, My Gothic Dissertation, is the first-ever doctoral thesis to be produced in podcast form. Under the co-direction of Jeff Porter and Judith Pascoe, the project earned support from three UI Graduate College fellowships, a research grant from the UI Graduate and Professional Student Government, and a summer internship from the National Endowment for the Humanities' "Next Generation Ph.D." project.
Anna received her M.A. in English from the University of Alabama in 2011 and her B.A. in English from Birmingham-Southern College in 2008. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as an adjunct instructor of writing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. At the University of Iowa, she has received the Outstanding T.A. Award for her teaching in the English Department, as well as the Doug Trank Memorial Award for her teaching in the Rhetoric Department.
From 2016-2017, she served as a Production Assistant at Iowa Public Radio, where she produced and co-hosted the podcast Lit City -- an exploration of the sights, sounds, and voices of America's first UNESCO City of Literature: Iowa City, IA.
Research Interests: Gothic and Victorian literature, feminist pedagogy, creative nonfiction