I am L.M. McKneeley Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where I specialize in British and American literature of the long eighteenth century. I work on the psychology of reading and imagination, especially experiences of literary transport, presence, and flow, which I study both historically and through cognitive and neuroaesthetic approaches.



Ph.D., Rutgers University, English. May 2015.

Certificate in Cognitive Science, Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science. May 2015.

M.A., New York University, Humanities and Social Thought. May 2007.

B.A., Yale University, Philosophy. May 2001.




“Ode to a Nightingale: Poetry and the Particularity of Sense.” European Romantic Review 30.5/6 (2019) (Forthcoming).

“Recentering The Sublime: Cognitive and Neuroaesthetic Approaches.” Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime. Temenuga Trifonova, Ed. Routledge, 2017: 143-155.

“‘Snatched’ into The Seasons: The Cognitive Roots of Loco-descriptive Form.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 56:4 (2015): 445-466.


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