Joani is a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University reading for her MSt in English Literature (1830-1914). In 2017, Joani graduated from Princeton University Summa Cum Laude with an A.B. in English Literature and minors in Humanistic and European Cultural Studies. She plans to return to the US to pursue her doctorate in English Literature as a Beinecke Scholar.
Joani is a passionate advocate for the power of interdisciplinary literary research to spark educational change today. She uses her research on Victorian girls’ intellectual agency to inspire academic libraries’ public engagement towards children’s literacy. Joani has helped curate exhibitions and lead outreach at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center, Cotsen Children’s Library, Penn Museum, National Constitution Center, and soon, Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
Outside of the library (and occasionally within), Joani loves to sing classical musical. She has joined a chamber-style chapel choir in Oxford, but she wishes that she could also find a British venue for her other artistic passion: metal-working. When not immersed in an artistic or academic project, Joani often immerses herself in Oxford’s swimming pool, where she enjoys physical exercise and mental relaxation.