M.A., 1999, State University of New York at Buffalo, English
B.A., 1997, Ithaca College, summa cum laude, English
My research and teaching interests include the literature, philosophy, and culture of eighteenth-century Britain, sexuality and gender studies, feminist theory, the history of pornography, and theories of the novel and literary form. My book Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660-1760 (Bucknell 2012) examines the relationship between sexual representation and discourses on morality, aesthetics, and reading in a broad range of eighteenth-century texts. Currently, I am at work on three projects: a book on the long history of pornography from eighteenth-century narrative to the twenty-first century digital file; a study of marginalia and early feminist thought in eighteenth-century England; and a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, co-edited with Rebecca Tierney-Hynes (Waterloo), on “The Novel as Theory.” Journals that have published my work include ELH, differences, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. I have been awarded research fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania and St. John’s University as well as the Huntington, Clark, Beinecke, and Chawton House Libraries. I am also the chairperson of the Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture.