I am PhD candidate in Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and adjunct professor in biblical studies, theology, and English at Northwest University. In 2019, I received the Dieter E. Zimmer Prize from the International Vladimir Nabokov Society for my work on eschatology and theurgy in Nabokov’s 1955 novel, Lolita.


PhD, Theology and Literature, University of Nottingham (in progress, 2018–present)
MLitt, Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews (2018)
MA, Biblical and Theological Studies (Exegetical), Western Seminary (2015)
BS, Business Administration, Warner Pacific University (2012)


Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘“Is ‘Mask’ the Keyword?”: Christian Theology and Mysticism in Pale Fire.’ Nabokov Online Journal. Accepted for publication in volume 15. Forthcoming March 2022.

  • ‘“A Green Lane in Paradise”: Eschatology and Theurgy in Lolita.’ Nabokov Studies 17. Forthcoming.

  • ‘Confessing our Secrets: Liturgical Theōsis in the Thought of C. S. Lewis.’ Journal of Inklings Studies 10, no. 2 (Oct. 2020): 115–38.

Other Publications

  • ‘The Passion of Meaning.’ Noesis Review. Accepted for publication.

  • ‘C. S. Lewis and His Medieval Mirror.’ Edinburgh University Press Blog. 21 June 2021.

  • ‘Why Poetry Is Meaningful to Us: Vladimir Nabokov and the Theology of Poetry.’ Trinity House Review 2 (Eastertide 2021): 37–40. Commissioned.

  • ‘Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita?’ Church Life Journal. 15 November 2019.

  • ‘“The Gods are Here, Invisible, Mischievous, Meddling”: Vladimir Nabokov and the Presence of God in John 19.’ Transpositions. 8 December 2018.

Book Reviews

  • Michael John Halsall, Creation and Beauty in Tolkien’s Catholic Vision: A Study in the Influence of Neoplatonism in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Philosophy of Life as ‘Being and Gift’. Under contract for Religion and the Arts.

  • Robert Alter, Nabokov and the Real World: Between Appreciation and Defense. Under contract for Nabokov Online Journal.

  • ‘John Webster, edited by Ivor J. Davidson and Alden C. McCray, The Culture of Theology.’ Theology 123, no. 3 (May–June 2020), 216–17.

  • ‘Richard Harries, Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith.’ Theology 122, no. 4 (July–August 2019), 301.


Dissertation (in progress):

  • A Triptych of Bottomless Light: Repetition, Originality and Transcendence in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire

Invited Seminars, Presentations & Conference Activity

  • ‘The Flowing Charshaf: Lolita’s Theological Women.’ Respondent: Alison Jack. Logia Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference: Women and God. St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, 27 May 2021.

  • ‘Ever-Moving Repose: Temporality, Motion and the Infinite Gaze of Sudarg’s Triptych.’ Modern Language Association (MLA). Session: Playing with and for Time: Nabokov’s Persistent Images, sponsored by the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS). Online, 7 January 2021.

  • ‘Meditations on the Coincidence of Metafiction and Metaphysics in Nabokov’s Stories.’ Respondent: Giles Waller. Noesis: Graduate Society for Philosophical and Systematic Theology Seminar. Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 26 November 2020. Invited.

  • ‘A Triptych of Bottomless Light: Repetition, Originality, and the Divine in Nabokov’s Pale Fire.’ Postgraduate Research Seminar, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham, 29 April 2020. Invited.

  • ‘A Triptych of Bottomless Light: Repetition, Originality, and the Divine in Nabokov’s Pale Fire.’ New Trinitarian Ontologies Symposium. University of Cambridge, 6 March 2020.

  • ‘Where the Tall White Fountain Plays: Mirrors and the Construction of Otherworldly Meaning in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire.’ Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES). Postgraduate Seminar, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, 17 October 2019. Invited.

  • ‘Transgressive Sacramentalism: Vladimir Nabokov and the Johannine Crucifixion.’ Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology Postgraduate Study Day. Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge, 31 July 2019.

  • ‘Stallions of Lizard-like Lust: C. S. Lewis, Vladimir Nabokov, and Literature as Imaginative Praxis.’ Society for the Study of Theology (SST) Graduate Conference. The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, 13 July 2019.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

  • ‘Reader, Author, Angel: The Eschatological Turn in Vladimir Nabokov’s “The Vane Sisters”.’ International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture (ISRLC). University of Chester, 15–18 September 2022.


American Academy of Religion; International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture; International Vladimir Nabokov Society; Modern Language Association; Society for the Study of Theology

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