Emily Churilla is a PhD candidate in English and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University. Her dissertation, “If a Flag Could Blush: National Orientations and a Literary Ethic of Shame” explores the complex interactions between shame, pride, and the US's founding fictions of progress in the production of normative American citizens. She is author of “’Time in a Bottle’: Temporal Discontinuity in Narratives of Diaspora” (Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture) and two forthcoming essays in Obsidian III and In Media Res: Media, Gender, and Race in the 21st Century (Bucknell University Press). Emily has taught a wide variety of courses from introductory composition to those reflecting her scholarly interests in contemporary literature of the American Empire and critical race and gender theory. Few things excite her as much as a good close reading.