Biography

I specialize in American literature since 1880 and the theory of minor knowledges. My research areas include history of science, poetics, gender and sexuality, childhood, and media theory. My recently completed book manuscript is Experimental: American Literature and the Aesthetics of Knowledge. 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.

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. 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.