AboutNineteenth-century travel narratives and the formation of empire; identity and global, colonial politics; visual culture, particularly representations of the self and the foreign; nineteenth-century Jewish life and migrations; the development of literature for children; architecture and material culture; Victorian domestic life.
EducationPh.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000.
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994.
B.A. University of Vermont, 1991.
Children and Empire Series (4 vols.), edited with Cheryl Cassidy, Routledge Press, 2012.
Vol 1. The “Civilizing” Mission: Education, Morality and Conversion
Vol 2. Management of Children: Life in Sickness and in Health
Vol 3. Migrations and Cultural Differences: Children throughout the Empire
Vol 4. Empire’s Children at Home: The Domestic Impact of a Presence Abroad
Architectural Identities: Domesticity, Literature, and the Victorian Middle Classes, University of Toronto Press, 2010. Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the year. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Review19, Studies in English Literature, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Studies.
“Maternity Betrayed: Circulating Images of English Motherhood in India, 1857-1858,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 35.2 (May 2013): 187-215.
“Nineteenth-Century British Childhoods: Teaching at the Nexus of Children, Empire and Visual Culture,” Victorians Institute Journal 39 (2011): 47-69. (solicited)
“Exploring Victorian Contexts: Using Wikis to Enrich Cultural Understanding,” Journal of Victorian Culture 16.1 (April 2011): 113-18. (solicited)
“Redesigning Femininity: Miss Marjoribanks’s Drawing-Room of Opportunity,” Victorian Literature and Culture, 36.1 (2008): 163-86.
“’Becoming a Victorian Reader’: The Serial Reading Process in the Modern Classroom,” Periodical Pedagogy, a special issue of VPR: Victorian Periodicals Review. 38.4 (Winter 2006): 330-342.
“Constance Naden and the Erotics of Evolution: Mating the Woman of Letters with Man of Science,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 61.2 (September 2006): 200-40. [Reprinted in “Darwinism,” Ed. Kathy D. Darrow. Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol 224 Detroit: Cenage Learning, 2010: 117-215.]
“Envisioning Domesticity, Locating Identity: Constructing the Victorian Middle Class through Images of Home” in Defining Visual Rhetorics, Charles A. Hill and Marguerite Helmers, eds., Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004: 277-301.