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Victoria (Torie) Burns

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Research Interests

20th century American literature, 21st century American literature.

Torie Burns is a PhD candidate studying American literature from 1900 to the present, with an eye toward digital applications for the humanities. She earned the Public Digital Humanities graduate certificate in Spring 2019. Her interests include life writing, food studies, and embodiment. Prior to starting graduate school, she earned a BA in English and Psychology at Duke University and worked at Vanderbilt University's business school.

In Fall 2018, Torie worked as a graduate assistant and Digital Bridges fellow for the Obermann Center Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry program. She will take on a similar role for 2019-2020 as the project management and research assistant for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, Humanities for the Public Good (HPG), at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. She formerly taught a food-focused Rhetoric course, worked as a TA for Foundations of the English Major, and ran social media accounts for the University of Iowa Rhetoric Centers. Her article,"The Gastronomical "She": Narrating (Dis)embodiment in M.F.K. Fisher's Memoir," is forthcoming in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. When she’s not reading books, she’s taking pictures. You can see some of her work here