Ilana Goldstein is an MA student in the Department of English at George Washington University. Before beginning her master's studies, she worked as an English language arts teacher for 8th and 9th graders in Ithaca's school district. She received her BA in English education from Ithaca College, as well as an initial certification to teach English language arts to students from grades 7-12.
In addition to academics, Ilana attended the Children's Literature Association's annual conference in 2016 and presented extensive research on the television show SpongeBob SquarePants and its prevalence in the evolution of cartoon television and video gaming. She is currently preparing a presentation for the Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference on mental illness in Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and how the term “human nature” reveals the desire for enforced normalcy on disabled bodies.