Lecturer in English and the Humanities
Ph.D., Columbia University
I hold a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Humanities Program. My current research focuses on the ways in which we can contextualize British nineteenth-century literature within the onset of the Anthropocene era and the present-day climate crisis, particularly through our past and present relationship to fossil capital in its many forms. Broadly speaking, I am hoping to expand the parameters for what constitutes useful ecocriticism in the study of Victorian literature and culture.
My essays have appeared in Victorian Poetry and Scandinavian Studies. I am currently working on an essay about Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times, as well as drafting a book manuscript about ecocriticism provisionally titled That Future Is Now: Ecocriticism in the Age of Climate Change.
Before joining the English Department at Yale, I was a Core Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Since arriving at Yale in 2015, I have taught courses on literature, climate change, cultural and intellectual history, and often I have designed and taught courses on all these together. From Fall 2019, I will serve as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Directed Studies Program at Yale.
- “Well-known things: Experience, Distance, and Perspective in William Morris’ ‘The Defence of Guenevere,’” Victorian Poetry 53.4
- “George Egerton and the Scandinavian Breakthrough,” Scandinavian Studies 84
- “Ghost histories: Vernon Lee and the Art of the Past,” Victorian Studies (under review)
- “Hard Times and the Myth of the Anthropocene,” ELH (under review)
Tragedy in the European Literary Tradition; Writing Seminar: Beauty, Fashion and Ethics; Directed Studies: Literature; Writing: Literature, Labor, and Climate Change; Epic in the European Literary Tradition