About Me

In September 2020, I joined the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK, having previously held academic positions at Northwestern University (IL), Hamilton College (NY), and the University of Manchester (UK).

I teach and write about British Romanticism; poetry and poetics; aesthetics and politics; literature and historiography; and, more recently, the materiality and literary imagination of the codex book. My work has been supported by research fellowships in Europe, the United States, and the UK at Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, Austria, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in Evanston, Illinois, and the John Rylands Research Institute in Manchester.

In December 2015, my first monograph, Modernity’s Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation, was published in the “Lit Z” series of Fordham University Press.I am co-editor (with Emily Sun, Barnard College) of the 50th anniversary issue of Studies in Romanticism: Reading Keats, Thinking Politics, for which I solicited and co-translated Jacques Rancière’s essay on Keats, “The Politics of the Spider.”

I am currently completing a new monograph entitled Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Politics of Reading. For 2022-23, I’ve been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in support of this project. Leverhulme grant listings 2022

I’m working on another new project entitled “Books and Freedom in the Transatlantic Nineteenth Century” in collaboration with Ivy Wilson (Northwestern University); one outcome will be an edited essay collection.

I have given keynote addresses at the British Association of Romantic Studies conference (2020) and the Keats Foundation conference (2019); these keynote talks were entitled “Open Books” (BARS, 2020) and “Vanishing Books, Cockney Poetics” (Keats Foundation, 2019) and are part of my new book project, Codex Poetics.

As principal organizer of the 2019 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism, hosted by the University of Manchester, I brought ICR to the UK for the first time. The conference coincided with the 200-year anniversary of “Peterloo,” which took place in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, and it attracted around 200 scholars from around the world. From July 2020 to June 2021, I co-organised a transatlantic series of online events entitled “Romanticism in the Meantime”; you can find details about it here.

In English Studies at Durham, I routinely teach on the following modules: L3: Literature of the Romantic Period (convener); L3: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature; L2: American Poetry; L1: Introduction to the Novel; and L1: Introduction to Poetry. I developed a new MA seminar for Durham’s Romantic and Victorian Pathway: ‘Adventures in Reading: Romantic Books and Political Possibilities’.

I serve on the editorial board of the Keats-Shelley Journal, based in the United States, and I’m a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Here is my certificate.

Since 2021, I play for Ustinov WAFC (women’s football) staff/postgrad team. Premier League champions (of Durham Colleges) in 2021/22!


Durham at night