- B.A., Central Connecticut State University, 2002
- M.A., New York University, 2004
- Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2012
My research and teaching interests center on nineteenth-century British literature and culture; Science Fiction; and the history of science and technology. I especially enjoy researching Victorian periodicals, which published installments of serialized novels alongside articles on recent scientific discoveries, demands for social reform, and news about the expanding British Empire and its diverse subjects. Most of my research projects in fact began when my close readings led me outside of the text to uncover where else nineteenth-century readers may have encountered similar language and imagery. I’m eager to share my research with the students here at Oberlin, particularly through emphasizing the material, scientific, and technological contexts of Victorian literature. I’m also looking forward to working with students as we uncover additional primary sources together through research in digitized archives and Mudd Library’s rare books room.
I’ve recently defended my dissertation, titled “The Body Machinic: Technology, Labor, and Mechanized Bodies in Victorian Culture,” to complete my PhD in English at Syracuse University. My dissertation project began when I observed numerous images of laboring bodies turning into machines in a wide range of cultural responses to the newly mechanized industrial labor process, including reform literature, working-class autobiography, industrial novels, and mathematical theory. A piece of this research, my essay