Northeastern University   

Ph.D., English    (May 2014)

  • Dissertation: “Altered States: The American Psychedelic Aesthetic”
  • Specializations: Modern to Contemporary American Literature, Film, and Visual Culture
  • Certificate in Cinema Studies

University of New Hampshire

Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Philosophy, summa cum laude  (May 2007)

University of Maine, Upward Bound Participant (2001-2003)


Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Administrative Assistant II

Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Temporary Program Administrator   (July – November 2014)

  • Managed daily operations of graduate program during Program Manager’s leave
  • Co-facilitated monthly board of directors meetings
  • Hosted several small and large scale university events, facilitating speakers, catering, AV, and travel
  • Tracked budgets and finance, prepared program materials, organized and managed files, maintained office supplies
  • Supervised part-time student staff, served as primary point of contact for students, faculty, and public

Research Assistant (May – August 2014), Northeastern University

  • Assisting Dr. Carla Kaplan with scholarly research, compiling bibliographies, and preparing manuscripts

Northeastern University Writing ProgramsBoston, MA    

College Writing Instructor  (August 2007 to August 2013)

  • Taught multiple composition courses averaging 19 students each
  • Created course syllabi, assignments, and schedules designed to expand students’ written, visual, and oral communication and research skills across genres, purposes, contexts, and audiences

International Tutoring Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA,

Writing Tutor    (May 2011 to August 2013)                                                                                                        

  • Tutored international students in English as Second Language writing, reading, pronunciation, TOEFL exam practice, and American socialization
  • Developed tutoring center curriculum and best practices

University of New Hampshire Dimond Library (Durham, NH)

Librarian Aide     (September 2003 to May 2007)

  • Served library patrons, assisted reference librarians, maintained library holdings
  • Developed advanced knowledge of print, multimedia, archival and digital library resources


Graduate Fellowship, The Humanities Center, Northeastern University  (2013- 2014)          

  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary scholars on the theme of “Viral Culture”
  • Led organization of interdisciplinary symposium featuring keynote speaker and roundtable discussion
  • Developed website to share fellowship research and promote Humanities Center mission
  • Assisted Humanities Center administration to staff conference with the Digital Public Library of America 

Graduate Adviser, The Humanities Center, Northeastern University  (Spring 2011)

  • Served on Graduate Student Advisory Board for Northeastern University’s Humanities Center

Teaching Practicum, English Department, Northeastern University (Fall 2011)

  • Teaching assistant for Dr. Carla Kaplan’s Survey of American Literature II course
  • Taught guest lectures, led small group discussions, held office hours and assisted in grading and assessment

Conference Planning Committee, NU English Graduate Student Association  ( 2010-2012)

  • Curated Raw Materials (2011) and Memory Remains (2012) art exhibits
  • Planned events, booked rooms, transported art, secured easels and tables from building services
  • Drafted accepted proposal to Gallery 360, assisted gallery with exhibit installation and signage
  • Collaborated on conference and exhibit call for submissions and marketing materials
  • Managed artist and performer contracts with university administration


Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Orris  (April 2011 to October 2013)

  • Created strategic vision for The Orris ( an online literary journal
  • Managed editorial and design team meetings in person and online via Skype
  • Implemented editorial processes and managed workflows
  • Recruited artists, writers and collaborators for journal content
  • Curated, edited and proofed journal content for publication
  • Coordinated marketing strategies through multiple social media accounts
  • Developed WordPress website, assisted in basic HTML / CSS coding, oversaw graphic design plans
  • Organized outreach events: book swaps at the Allston Village Street Festival and Allston DIY Fest


“Escaping the Realist Self: Fantastic Narratives of Mental Illness.” Northeast Modern Language Association.  Boston, MA. Spring 2013.

Participant in The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp), Northeastern University. January 2013.

“Altered States: Cinematic Expressions of Psychedelic Perceptions.” /Alt Conference. English Graduate Student      Association Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Spring 2013.

“Alternate Realities: The Fantastic in the 1960s,” Theorizing the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art, American      Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, RI, Spring 2012.

“‘All in the Game’: Value and HBO’s The Wire.” The Humanities Center’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Forum. Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Spring 2011.

“Raw Reality,” Raw Materials. English Graduate Student Association Conference, Northeastern University. Boston, MA.   Spring 2011.

“Some Strange Talk of Race and Shame: Narrating Shame in the Harlem Renaissance,” Making Sense: Thinking and Feeling TextsUniversity of Virginia English Graduate Student Conference, Charlottesville, MA. Spring 2010.

“The Visual Intersections of Genre,” Genre. English Graduate Student Association Conference, Northeastern  University, Boston, MA. Spring 2009.


“Empathetic Reform and the Psychedelic Aesthetic: Women’s Accounts of LSD Therapy.”  Configurations. John Hopkins    University Press. (Forthcoming, Winter 2014).


Northeastern University Humanities Center’s “Viral Culture” Graduate Fellowship, 2013-2014

2010 English Department Graduate Essay Prize for ‘“All in the Game’: Value and HBO’s The Wire.


Proficient in PC and Apple operating systems and Microsoft Office programs

Working familiarity with Photoshop, FinalCutPro and Illustrator

Introductory knowledge of HTML /CSS and content management programs

Experienced in public and academic social media communication: LinkedIn (/lanacook), Twitter (@lanacook), (@the_orris), WordPress ( and Tumblr

Introductory proficiency in Spanish and French written languages

Skilled in scholarly and professional library research and electronic database searches