Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture; Law and Literature; Literature and Ethics; Gender Studies; Transatlantic Studies; History of the Novel


Ph.D., English Literature, Yale University

M.A., American Studies, Yale University

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

A.B., Princeton University



Public Vows:  Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment (University of Virginia Press, June 2019; winner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize in Eighteenth-Century Studies).

Articles and Book Chapters

“‘A Kind of Insanity in My Spirits’: Frankenstein, Childhood, and Criminal Intent,” forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Studies (2022).

“Marriage Law,” forthcoming in Daniel Defoe in Context, ed. George Justice and Albert J. Rivero (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

“‘The fidelity of promising’: Egoism and Obligation in Austen,” Review of English Studies 73, no. 309 (April 2022): 344-60.

“Debating Persuasion,” in Approaches to Teaching Austen’s “Persuasion,”  ed. Marcia McClintock Folsom and John Wiltshire (MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, 2021), 175-82.

Carrying On Like a Madman:  Insanity and Responsibility in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,Nineteenth-Century Literature 70, no. 3 (December 2015): 363-97.

Freedom and Fetters:  Nuptial Law in Burney’s The Wanderer,” in Impassioned Jurisprudence:  Law, Literature, and Emotion, 1760-1848, ed. Nancy E. Johnson (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2015), 66-88.

Clandestine Schemes:  Burney’s Cecilia and the Marriage Act,” Eighteenth Century:  Theory and Interpretation 54, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 25-51.

Binding the Will:  George Eliot and the Practice of Promising,” ELH 75, no. 3 (Fall 2008): 565-602.

“‘A Strange Opposition’:  The Portrait of a Lady and the Divorce Debates,” Henry James Review 27, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 156-74.

Moll Flanders and English Marriage Law,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17, no. 2 (Jan. 2005): 157-82.

Wicked Women and Veiled Ladies:  Gendered Narratives of the McFarland-Richardson Tragedy,” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 9, no. 2 (Fall 1997): 255-303.

Short Essay

“Debate,” The Pocket Instructor:  Literature:  101 Exercises for the College Classroom, ed. Diana Fuss and William A. Gleason (Princeton UP, 2015), 21-23.

Reviews and Review Essays

Review of Exquisite Masochism: Marriage, Sex, and the Novel Form by Claire Jarvis. Victorian Studies 60, no. 1 (Autumn 2017): 108-10.

Review of Common Precedents:  The Presentness of the Past in Victorian Law and Fiction by Ayelet Ben-Yishai.  Journal of British Studies 55, no. 1 (Jan. 2016): 237-39.

Review of Reading for the Law:  British Literary History and Gender Advocacy by Christine L. Krueger, and Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925 by Cathrine O. Frank.  Victorian Studies 55, no. 3 (Spring 2013): 567-70.

Review of Riding the Black Ram:  Law, Literature, and Gender by Susan Sage Heinzelman.  Law, Culture and the Humanities 8, no. 1 (February 2012): 173-76.  

Review of Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and  Theology  by Jan-Melissa Schramm.  Victorian Studies 44, no. 4 (Summer 2002): 728-30.

Review of Criminal Conversations:  Sentimentality and Nineteenth-Century Legal Stories of Adultery by Laura Korobkin.  American Journal of Legal History 45, no. 4 (October 2001): 517-18.

“Common Sinners and Moral Monsters:  The Killer in American Culture.”  Review of   Murder Most Foul:  The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination by Karen  Halttunen.  Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 11, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 517-28.                                                

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