Biography

I specialize in American literature since 1880 and the theory of minor knowledges. My research interests include history of science, poetics, gender and sexuality, childhood, media, and visual culture.

I am affiliated with the Sussex Centre for American Studies (where I am doctoral convener, web liaison, exams officer, and convener of the American Studies Research Seminar); the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence;  the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Working Group; and the Sussex Humanities Lab.

For the School of English, I convene the English Colloquium.

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For prospective PhD students:

I welcome proposals for projects in American literature from 1800, and/or proposals with theoretical investments in history of science, media and technology studies, gender and sexuality studies, childhood, realisms and naturalisms, illness and disability, or poetics. Recently, I am especially interested in ideas about time, innocence, and publics. I am primarily interested in theoretically-driven projects that do not take periodization or canons for granted; I will almost never be interested in supervising a single-author project.

I am committed to supporting BME students and welcome their inquiries.