My research interests lie at the intersection of language and literature. I am particularly interested in the linguistic performance of social identity and the ways in which stylistic variation is represented in literature. I am currently finishing my first book, Dialect Acts: Identity Performance on the Victorian Page and Stage.


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

B.A., English Language and Literature / Minor in Women Studies, University of Washington, Seattle


Selected Publications

“The Modern Weaver Lad: Melodrama and Dialect Literature.” Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 48.2 (November 2021): 180-201.

“Melodramatic Mayhew: J.B. Johnstone’s How We Live in the World of London.” Victorian Popular Fictions, 3.2 (Autumn 2021): 116-134.

“Dialect.” Special Keywords issue of Victorian Literature and Culture. 46.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2018): 649-652.

“Linguistic Self-Fashioning in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton.” Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Jane Hodson. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017, pp. 146-161.

“M. R. Lahee and the Lancashire Lads: Gender and Class in Victorian Dialect Writing.” Philological Quarterly 92.2 (Spring 2013): 271-288.

“A Great Man in Clogs: Performing Authenticity in Victorian Lancashire.” Victorian Studies 52.3 (Spring 2010): 387-412.

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