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). 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 NewsweekThe Atlanticthe Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere.


Ph.D., Yale University B.A., Wesleyan University

Other Publications

For a complete bibliography of my scholarly work, including forthcoming work, visit my website. I also write for public audiences.


American Association of University Professors Early Book Society Early English Text Society International Piers Plowman Society International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Medieval Academy of America Modern Language Association New Chaucer Society Sociedad Española de Lengua y Literatura Inglesa Medieval

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