Title: Assistant Professor
Research Fields of Interest: Victorian Literature, Animal Studies, Ecocriticism, Environmental Humanities
Degrees: A.B., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Phone: (814) 332-4331
Office Location: Odd Fellows 230
Courses (FA ’19)
ENGL 114- Literature and Business
ENGL 301- Forms of Fiction
FSENG 201- The Afterlives of Literature
- “Composing Decomposition: In Memoriam and the Ecocritical Undertaking.” Nineteenth-
Century Contexts vol. 39, no. 5, 2017, pp. 383-398.
- “When Drama Went to the Dogs; or, Staging Otherness in the Animal Melodrama.” PMLA vol. 132, no. 3, 2017, pp. 526-542.
- “Slavish Poses: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Aesthetics of Abolition.” Victorian Poetry vol. 52, no. 4, 2014, pp. 637-659.
Essays on Books and Popular Culture
- “Animal Attraction: The Ridiculous Realism of Bachelor in Paradise.” Avidly, 4 Oct. 2018.
- “Meat Cultures.” [Review of Carol J. Adams, Burger and Ted Geier, Meat Markets: The Cultural History of Bloody London.] Humanimalia vol. 10, no. 1, 2018.
- “Can Novels Change our Attitudes About Death?” Electric Literature, 27 Feb. 2018.
- “Is it Really so Wrong to Kill a Mockingbird?” The Millions, 21 July 2016.
- “People Are Sickening: The Bug’s Eye View of Pandemic Games.” PopMatters, 5 Feb. 2013.
Selected Conference Presentations
- “The Unnatural History of Egdon Heath: Ecology and Agency in Hardy’s Wessex.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Asheville, North Carolina. (March 2016).
- “Mutes, Brutes, and the Industrial Novel.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena, California. (October 2013)
- “Character or Setting?: Animals and Environments in George Eliot’s Realism.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Lawrence, Kansas. (June 2013)
- “Humanizing the Social Network in George Eliot and G. H. Lewes.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Madison, Wisconsin. (September 2012)
- “Out of Hand: Visuality, Writing, and the Detection of Authorship in Bleak House.” The Dickens Project, Santa Cruz, California. (July 2012)