Assistant Professor (on leave Fall 2015)
- B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005
- M.A., Cornell University, 2009
- Ph.D., Cornell University, 2012
- English 120: Animals in Literature
- English 200: Introduction to Theory
- English/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 210: Sex and Gender in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
- English/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 220: "I am not what I am": Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class on Shakespeare's Stage
- English 240: Mimic Forms: Imitative Literature in the Eighteenth Century
- English 401: Advanced Theory/Junior Independent Study
- First-Year Seminar: Animals, Monsters, and Aliens
- "The Natural History of the Houyhnhnms: Noble Horses in Gulliver's Travels," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, forthcoming.
- "Rational Elephants or Hominoid Apes: Which is Early Modern?," with Laura Brown, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 13, no. 4 (2013): 61-68.
My research specialties include early modern and eighteenth-century literature, animal studies, and the history of the life sciences. I am currently working on a book called "Shapes of Reason: Animals, Metamorphoses, and Natural History before the Rise of the Ape." This project shows how the anthropoid ape's position as most human-like animal was once occupied by a range of creatures with non-human shapes: the rational elephant, indulgent pig, political honeybee, and noble horse.