Erin received her BA summa cum laude from Boston College with a major in English and a minor in Linguistics. She received her MA in English from the University of Connecticut and is now a doctoral candidate, specializing in Disability Studies and American Literature. Erin has published in the fields of cognitive literary theory and narratology, presented at national conferences on disability in American Literature, and was awarded a Lilly Graduate Fellowship. Her dissertation, “Ethics, Aesthetics, and Poetics of Disability in American Literature,” examines how narrative structures can variously enact, enable, or block empathic relationships with figures of disability, focusing especially on literature of the Progressive Era and the emerging eugenics movement. She has experience working with adults who have co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use issues at a residential treatment facility in the area. Erin has also worked as a Program Assistant and as Assistant to the Executive Director in UConn’s Center for Academic Programs, providing academic support to low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students in Connecticut. Erin is invested in providing equal access and full integration into higher education for people with disabilities.