- Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo, 2014-present
- ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley, 2013-2014
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013
- Ph.D., Rutgers University, Literatures in English, 2012
- M.A., Rutgers University, Literatures in English, 2009
- B.A., New York University, English and American Literature, 2005
Fellowships and Awards
- UW/SSHRC Insight Development Grant 4A Funding, 2015-2016
- UW/SSHRC Travel Grant, 2014
- American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellowship, 2013-2014
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013
- Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2011-2012
- Daniel Francis Howard Travel Fellowship (for study at the British Library and National Library of Scotland), 2011
- Creative Teaching Practices Certificate, 2011
- Fellow, Center for Cultural Analysis, 2010-2011
- Graduate School Excellence Fellowship, 2009-2010
- Catherine Musello Cantalupo Prize (best essay on literature and religion), Rutgers English, 2009
- Dickens Project Summer Fellowship, 2008
- Rutgers University Graduate Fellowship, 2005-2006
- Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 2005
- Frederick Seward Gibson Thesis Prize, New York University, 2005
Romanticism’s Other Minds: The Science of Poetry from Hume to Mill (manuscript in progress)
- “Cognitive Scaffolding, Aids to Reflection,” forthcoming in Distributed Cognition in Enlightenment and Romantic Culture, ed. Miranda Anderson, George Rousseau, and Michael Wheeler (Edinburgh UP).
- “Baillie’s Diagnostic Sublime,” European Romantic Review 29.3 (June 2018).
- “Social Minds in Romanticism,” Literature Compass 14.2 (February 2017).
- “Wordsworth between Minds,” Multi-Media Romanticisms, ed. Andrew Burkett and James Brooke-Smith, Romantic Circles Praxis Series (November 2016).
- “Ossian’s Folk Psychology,” ELH 80.3 (Fall 2013).
- “Reading One’s Own Mind: Hazlitt, Cognition, Fiction,” European Romantic Review 24.4 (2013).
- Lyric Mindedness and the ‘Automaton Poet,’” in Romantic Numbers, ed. Maureen N. McLane. Romantic Circles Praxis Series (April 2013).
- “Psyche’s ‘Whisp’ring Fan’ and Keats’s Genealogy of the Secular,” Studies in Romanticism 50.3 (Fall 2011).
- “Orality, Primitivism, and Poetry’s Mediated Publics” (Review of James Mulholland, Sounding Imperial: Poetic Voice and the Politics of Empire, 1730-1820), forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.
- Review of Robert Mitchell, Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature, Studies in Romanticism 54.4 (Winter 2015).
- Review of Anna Neill, Primitive Minds: Evolution and Spiritual Experience in the Victorian Novel, Nineteenth-Century Literature 69.4 (March 2015).
- “Romanticism, Cognition, Culture: A Review Essay,” co-written with Colin Jager, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 57-58 (February-May 2010).
- “Ballad Collectors and Skull Collectors: Walter Scott, Robert Chambers, and the Science of Poetry,” Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Guelph, November 2017.
- “Wordsworth’s Scattered Minds,” University of Toronto, April 2016.
- “Wordsworth between Minds,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Washington, DC, July 2014.
- “Experiment, Innovation, and Dissent,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Providence, RI, June 2018.
- “Ballie’s Diagnostic Sublime,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Ottawa, ON, August 2017.
- “Barbauld’s Orality,” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, January 2016.
- “Physiological Poetics and the Social Sublime,” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, January 2016.
- “Cognitive Scaffolding, Aids to Reflection,” A History of Distributed Cognition, Edinburgh, UK, June 2015. [HDC Project Website]
- “Ballad Collectors and Skull Collectors,” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC, January 2015.
- “Nostalgia, Experiment, Pedagogy,” Symposium: Temporalities of Romantic Science, Berkeley, April 2014.
- “Barbauld, Priestley, and the Forms of Thought,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
- “Companionable Form: Poetry and Projection from Hume to Coleridge.” Interdisciplinary conference on “Object Emotions,” Berkeley, October 2013.
- “Reading One’s Own Mind: Hazlitt, Cognition, Fiction.” Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, January 2013.
- “Lyric Mindedness and the ‘Automaton Poet’ in Coleridge and Scott.” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, January 2012.
- “Lyrical Impairment in Waverley.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Park City, UT, August 2011.
- “Hazlitt and the Science of Reading One’s Own Mind.” International conference on “Romanticism and Evolution,” University of Western Ontario, May 2011.
- “Lyric Mindedness and the Romantic Pedant” (co-presented with Sean Barry). Northeast Modern Language Association, New Brunswick, NJ, April 2011.
- “Macpherson’s Ossian and the Embodied Mind.” East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2010.
- “Phantom Lyric and the Textual Body in Macpherson’s Fragments of Ancient Poetry.” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009.
- “The Monk, Poetic Insertion, and the Social Mind.” International Conference on Romanticism. City University of New York, November 2009.
- “Reading Vathek’s ‘Sciences That Did Not Exist.’” 40th Annual Meeting, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, VA, March 2009.
- “From Empedocles on Etna to ‘The Harp-Player on Etna’: Arnold, the Excerpt, and Lyric Afterlife.” Dickens Project Winter Conference, Vanderbilt University, February 2009.
- “The Orthodoxy of Psyche and Keats’s Genealogy of the Secular.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, University of Toronto, August 2008.
Talks at Waterloo
- “Romantic Sociability and the Diagnostic Sublime,” Waterloo Centre for German Studies, March 2017.
- “Minds are Internal,” at “This-Idea-Must Die Day,” Cognitive Science Program, December 2015. [View Poster]
- “Hymns, Prose, and the Origin of Language,” Workshop on Nature and Education, Waterloo Centre for German Studies, November 2015. [View Poster]
- “Romanticism’s Other Minds,” Poetics and Nature Circa 1800 Research Group, Waterloo Centre for German Studies, April 2015.
At Waterloo (Graduate)
- Experimentalism from the Enlightenment to Romanticism (Winter 2017; Winter 2019)
- Seminar in Cognitive Science (for COGSCI; with Sarah Tolmie, Winter 2017)
- Romantic Orientalism (Spring 2016)
- The Science of Poetry (Spring 2015)
At Waterloo (Undergraduate)
- Introduction to Literary Studies (Fall 2016)
- Introduction to Academic Writing (Fall 2014, Winter 2017, Fall 2018)
- Survey of British Literature I (Fall 2014; Fall 2015)
- Survey of British Literature II (Winter 2018)
- Gothic Monsters (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
- Literature of the Romantic Period 1 (Spring 2016, Winter 2019)
- Literature of the Romantic Period 2 (Fall 2017)
- Romanticism and Nationalism (Spring 2015)
At Previous Institutions
- Berkeley: Literature and Science from the Romantics to the Present; The Romantic Period; Writing the British Nation;
- UT-Austin: The Romantic Period; The English Novel in the 19th Century
- Rutgers: Later Eighteenth Century Literature; Early Romantic Literature; Principles of Literary Study: Poetry; Expository Writing; Expository Writing Hybrid Pilot Program; Basic Composition
Conferences and Symposia Organized
- 28th Annual Conference, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, co-organizer with Terry Robinson. University of Toronto, August 2020.
- “Nature and Education.” Co-organizer. One-day symposium with keynote Nikola von Merveldt (U Montreal). Waterloo Centre for German Studies, November 2015.
- Temporalities of Romantic Science.” Symposium with Kevis Goodman (Berkeley), Noah Heringman (U Missouri), and Noel Jackson (MIT). Berkeley, April 2014. [View Poster]
- Science and Method in the Humanities.” Co-organizer. Interdisciplinary conference organized by students in English and History; with plenary speakers Peter Dear (Cornell) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke). Co-organizer and webmaster. Rutgers University, March 2012. [View Website] [View Poster]
- “The Romantic Imagination of 21st-Century Neuroscience”: A Seminar with Alan Richardson (Boston College).