Biography

I specialize in American literature since 1880 and the theory of subordinated knowledges. My research areas include history of science, poetics, gender and sexuality, childhood, and media theory. My book Experimental: American Literature and the Aesthetics of Knowledge is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press (2019).

I am working on a new project on queer "shelled life," the role of ideas of chromosomal sex in the early twentieth-century evolutionary synthesis in biology, and the vesicle in Beyond the Pleasure Principle. (TL;DR: it's very problematic and it inevitably involves Gertrude Stein.)

With Sam Solomon, I am also at work on a project on the "mycological turn." 🍄🍄🍄

I am affiliated with the Sussex Centre for American Studies (where I am doctoral convener, web liaison, exams convener, 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.

Starting in 2019-20, I also convene the MA in Critical American Studies.

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

I also convene the joint undergraduate degree in English and American Studies.

Pronouns: she/her.

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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. 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.