In 2024, they received their PhD from the Department of English at George Washington University under the direction of Robert McRuer. They also received their Master’s degrees in American Studies and English under the direction of Jennifer Christine Nash and McRuer respectively. Forrest is currently at work on their first book manuscript titled Crip Feelings, Queer Intimacy, and the Trans Gaze. The project argues that an attention to minor forms of feelings, intimacy, and ways of seeing offer alternative sociopolitical possibilities that center embodiment, affect, and relation over enlightenment notions of the individual, Reason, and the human.
Forrest has presented work at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, the Museum of Popular Culture Conference, the DC Queer Studies Symposium, the Northeast MLA Annual Convention, and the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference. In 2017, they were selected to present their paper titled “Crip Feelings/Feeling Crip” in the Disability and Emotion Seminar Series hosted by the Center for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. A revised version of the presentation is now available in a special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Forrest has also served as a Grant Reviewer for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Fellowship Program for the 2023 fiscal year and is currently a reviewer for Disability Studies Quarterly.
In the 2014-2015 academic year they were chosen as one of three University Archives Diversity Research Fellows at the George Washington University. The fellowship culminated in a public presentation that charted how the LGBTQ community at GW represented itself visually through art, flyers, and advertising from 1971 to the present and the shift over that time from inclusion based on an increasing number of identity categories towards a collective feeling of pride. In 2015 and 2018 they received Summer Research Grants from the Departments of American Studies and English, respectively, and in 2019 they received a Summer Pre-Dissertation Fellowship from the George Washington University.