Publications & Conferences


“Intercessory Storytelling: The Ethical Impact of Legolas’s Storytelling in The Lord of the Rings.” Under review with The Journal of Tolkien Research.

“The Art of Eternal Disaster: Tolkien’s Apocalypse and the Road to Healing.” Forthcoming in Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review.

“‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 37.1 (Fall/Winter), 2018. Download the article here.

Essays & Reviews

Review Essay of There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien, by Verlyn Flieger, Kent State UP, 2017. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 5.1, 2018. Access the review here.


Current & Upcoming: article series on characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. Published articles:

  • Yavanna Kementári, Giver of Gifts
  • One Ring to Rule Them All
  • Elrond Half-elven, Healer of Rivendell
  • Denethor II, Steward of Gondor
  • Idril the Far-Sighted, Wisest of Counsellors
  • Maedhros Maitimo, Foe of Morgoth
  • Legolas, a Radical Warrior
  • Sauron–Craftsman, Ring-giver, and Dark Lord
  • Haleth, Tolkien’s “Renowned Amazon”
  • Melian, Divine Enchantress and Deathless Queen
  • Glorfindel, Resurrected Hero and Spiritual Warrior
  • Éowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan
  • Míriel, Historian of the Noldor (Part 1 & 2)
  • Nerdanel, Called the Wise

Conferences & Talks

“The Life and Legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien.” Guest lecture. River Terrace Church, East Lansing, MI, May 2019.

“Translating Trickster: Reading Loki for the 21st Century.” “More than Marvel: Representations of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Popular Culture,” ICMS, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2019.

“Death by Romance: The Tortured Textuality of Alcott’s A Modern Mephistopheles.” Hideous Progeny: The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century, Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society, Chicago, October 2018.

“‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods.” Mythcon 49, The Mythopoeic Society, Atlanta, July 2018. [Received the Alexei Kondratiev Award from the Mythopoeic Society]

“The Last of the Minstrels: Tolkien’s Quest for Abdication in the Age of the Author.” NCUR, Asheville, NC, April 2016. [Received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award from Milligan College]

“The Return of the King: Power Constructs and Cycles in The Lord of the Rings.” NCUR, Asheville, NC, April 2016. [Received the Edwin W. Gaston scholarship from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society]

“The Stranger in the Mirror: Identity Formation and the Other Construct in Selected Short Stories.” First annual Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium (TELS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, October 2015.