C.V.

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Employment

  • 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

Education

  • 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

Book Project

Romanticism’s Other Minds: The Science of Poetry from Hume to Mill (manuscript in progress)

Articles

Articles in Progress

  • “Joanna Baillie and the Diagnostic Theater” (draft article; examines Baillie’s theories of dramatic spectatorship and the social mind in light of 18th-century diagnostic manuals of mental illness).
  • With Debapriya Sarkar, “Form and Method, 1660-1800: Shared Archives, Distinct Paradigms” (draft article; a study of the overlap between “form” and “method” as principles of literary and scientific knowledge, using the EEBO and ECCO corpora).

Reviews

 Invited Talks

  • “Wordsworth’s Scattered Minds,” University of Toronto, April 2016.
  • “Wordsworth between Minds,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Washington, DC, July 2014.

Conference Presentations

  • “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

  • “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.

Teaching

At Waterloo (Graduate)

  • 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 Academic Writing (Fall 2014, Winter 2017)
  • Gothic Monsters (Fall 2016)
  • Literature of the Romantic Period 1 (Spring 2016, Fall 2016)
  • Survey of British Literature I (Fall 2014; Fall 2015)
  • 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 Organized

  • “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.” Sole organizer. 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). Sole organizer. Professor Richardson’s visit included a coffee-hour discussion with graduate students and a public seminar on memory and imagination in Romantic-era literature and the cognitive neurosciences. Rutgers University, October 2011.
  • “The Country and the City Across the Disciplines.” Sole organizer. Roundtable symposium with speakers from Anthropology, English, History, Italian, and Urban Planning and Policy Development. Rutgers University, March 2010. [View Program]
  • “Histories of the Future.” Co-organizer. Interdisciplinary graduate conference organized by students in English and History; co-sponsored by the Rutgers British Studies Center, Princeton University, and Yale University; with plenary speakers Paul Strohm (Columbia) and Jonathan Rose (Drew). Rutgers University, February 2010. [View Program]

Conference Panels

  • Organizer, “Literary and Scientific Networks,” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, January 2016.
  • Panel chair, “Romantic Sciences 2: Network Analysis,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Washington, DC, July 2014.
  • Respondent, “Authorship across Literatures and Sciences,” University of California Multi-Campus Research Group, Berkeley, April 2014.
  • Panel co-organizer, “Form and Formalisms in Literature and Science,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
  • Panel chair, “British Poetic Genres, Forms, and Conventions,” conference on “Historical Poetics,” UT-Austin, May 2013.
  • Panel chair, “Narrative and Lyric.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Park City, UT, August 2011.
  • Panel organizer and chair, “Between Genres, Between Disciplines.” Northeast Modern Language Association, New Brunswick, NJ, April 2011.
  • Panel organizer and chair, “Eighteenth-Century Science and Questions of Genre.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Albuquerque NM, March 2010.
  • Panel co-organizer, “Urban Planning in the Romantic Era.” International Conference on Romanticism, City University of New York, November 2009.

Select Service Roles

  • Director, The Hoarding, 2014-present
  • Organizer, Waterloo English Speaker Series, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
  • Organizer, Waterloo English Faculty Research Series, 2015-2016
  • Organizer, Long Eighteenth Century Studies Group, Rutgers, 2009-2011.
  • Graduate Executive Committee representative, Rutgers, 2010-2011.
  • Archivist, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers, 2009-2010.