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.

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

“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 70:3 (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,” The Eighteenth Century:  Theory and Interpretation 54:1 (Spring 2013): 25-51.

“Binding the Will:  George Eliot and the Practice of Promising,” ELH 75:3 (Fall 2008): 565-602.

“‘A Strange Opposition’:  The Portrait of a Lady and the Divorce Debates,” The Henry James Review 27:2 (Spring 2006): 156-74.

Moll Flanders and English Marriage Law,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17:2 (Jan. 2005): 157-82.

“Wicked Women and Veiled Ladies:  Gendered Narratives of the McFarland-Richardson Tragedy,” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 9:2 (Fall 1997): 255-303.  

Short Essays

“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 Claire Jarvis, Exquisite Masochism: Marriage, Sex, and the Novel Form, Victorian Studies 60:1 (Autumn 2017): 108-10.

Review of Ayelet Ben-Yishai, Common Precedents:  The Presentness of the Past in Victorian Law and FictionJournal of British Studies 55:1 (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 55:3 (Spring 2013): 567-70.

Review of Riding the Black Ram:  Law, Literature, and Gender by Susan Sage Heinzelman.  Law, Culture and the Humanities 8:1 (February 2012): 173-76.  

Review of Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and  Theology  by Jan-Melissa Schramm.  Victorian Studies 44:4 (Summer 2002): 728-30.

Review of Criminal Conversations:  Sentimentality and Nineteenth-Century Legal Stories of Adultery by Laura Korobkin.  American Journal of Legal History 45:4 (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 11:2 (Summer 1999): 517-28.                                                

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