Assistant Professor, Department of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Ph.D. University of Chicago (2011), B.A. Yale University (2005)
Research Areas: British Romanticism, especially poetry and philosophy; contemporary art and literature; aesthetics.
My research and teaching focus on the British Romantic period. I am particularly interested in how the notion of utopia, or the perfect world, engages and is engaged by the formal practices of writing. Right now I'm working primarily on two book-length projects. The first, Utopia,Limited, finds in Romanticism a new vocabulary for our political future; the second, The Calamity Form, is about art in relation to environmental crisis. I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses on British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, gender and sexuality, and the history of ecological thought. In addition to being a member of Columbia University's Department of English and Comparative Literature, I am also affiliated with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, British Studies at Columbia, and the Blinken European Institute.