Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Education

BA, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHICO, 2005
MA, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHICO, 2007
PHD, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, 2013

Current Projects

My current project, “Persecution and the Novel: Religious Difference in the Age of Reason,” links religious law and tolerationist thought with the development of British fiction in the long eighteenth century. I argue that the development of the novel form was directly influenced by England’s unsettled and bloody history of inter-religious conflict.

Awards and Honors

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012-2013

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Research

My research interests include the novel, religion and literature, eighteenth century literature, enlightenment thought, transatlantic literature, travel literature, and the digital humanities.

Courses

World Literature 
Expository Writing 
British Literature to 1800
Critical Theory 
Shakespeare on Film

Selected Publications

“‘Piety and Popishness’: Toleration and the Epistolary Reaction to Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 25.3 (2013): 512-531.

 “‘A Prodigious Execution’: The Confessional Politics of Robert Paltock’s Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins,” Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, 3 (2012): 229-248

Lectures & Presentations

Colloquium Co-Chair and Organizer with Samara Cahill, “New Approachs to Richardson.”  ASECS Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, April, 2014

Colloquium Co-Chair and Organizer with Laura Stevens, “Religious Toleration in the Eighteenth Century.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 2013

“Selecting the (con) Text: Or, Which Richardson Are You Teaching?” Samuel Richardson Society-American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 2013

Sir Charles Grandison and the Post-Jacobite Novel.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, March, 2011

“Re-imagining Monmouth: Flying Catholics and the Specter of Jacobitism in Robert Paltock’s The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins.” South Central Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, November, 2010

“Latitudinarian Doctrine and Character in Fielding’s Amelia.” Canadian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, October, 2008

“Fielding’s Moral Aesthetic: Analogues, Precursors, and Implications.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March, 2008

“Repatterning the Loom of Life: Social Reform in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2007