Sarah Payne is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the English department. She joins Signs as a graduate assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. Her research looks at literary modernism, early 20th century American and Southern literature, and interracial literature.
In her research, Sarah is influenced by feminist theories of intersectionality, anti-racism, and performativity. She aims to understand the ways racial categories can be performed and refused, and the ways those identities are cross-cut by categories such as class, gender, and sexuality.
Sarah is excited to work with Signs due to the opportunity it provides to engage with women’s, gender, and sexuality studies outside of the classroom. She hopes her knowledge of digital humanities can benefit the journal while also growing from the work she’s doing with the journal.