My research and teaching interests include the literature and culture of eighteenth-century Britain, sexuality and gender studies, feminist theory, the history of pornography, literature of the British slave trade, and literary criticism and theory. My book What Pornography Knows: Sex and Social Protest since the Eighteenth Century is forthcoming at Stanford University Press. Working with little-known archival texts, it traces currents of feminism and social justice in British pornography from the 1740s to the present. My first book, Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660-1760 (Bucknell 2012), examined the relationship between sexual representation and discourses on morality, aesthetics, and reading in a broad range of eighteenth-century texts. I am also at work on a study that asks skeptically if marriage was revered by eighteenth-century writers, as is often alleged, and pieces of that project are forthcoming in Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and Studies in Romanticism. My publications also include a recent co-edited special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation on the “The Novel as Theory" and articles in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, differences, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. I have been awarded research fellowships by the Walpole, Beinecke, and Chawton House Libraries and am the current co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture.