I teach and write about medieval English literature. My research focuses on meter and poetics (what makes poetry tick).
My first book was English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History
(Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the English Association Beatrice White Prize
in 2018. I am at work on a second book, about English meter and the division of history into medieval and modern periods. With Irina Dumitrescu, I am editing a collection of essays entitled The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History
(under contract at Medieval Institute Publications). With Alastair Bennett and Katharine Breen, I edit the Yearbook of Langland Studies
. My writing on literature and politics appears in Newsweek
, The Atlantic,
the Chronicle of Higher Education
, the Times Literary Supplement
, and elsewhere.