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 (forthcoming from 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 Atlantic, the 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 general 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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