I specialize in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English poetry and women’s writing, with a particular focus on the material and embodied dimensions of women’s texts. My first book project explores the unexpected collisions among women’s writing, poetic form, and Renaissance anatomy. In the digital realm, my work sits at the intersection between big data methods and digital maker culture. I earned my doctorate at Indiana University Bloomington, and am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas.


PhD, English, Indiana University (2017)
MA, Humanities, University of Chicago (2011)
BA, English, SUNY at Albany (2009)

Other Publications

“Intimate Correspondence: Negotiating the Materials of Female Friendship in Margaret Cavendish’s Sociable Letters.” Women’s Writing (November 2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/09699082.2017.1395725.

“Feminist Queer Temporalities in Aemilia Lanyer and Lucy Hutchinson.” Co-authored with Penelope Anderson. Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World. Ed. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 159-84.

“Granular Reading: Texture, Language, and Surface Marks in Titus Andronicus.” Titus Andronicus: The State of Play. Ed. Farah Karim-Cooper. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare (forthcoming, July 2019). 179-99.


Modern Language Association
Renaissance Society of America
Shakespeare Association of America
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

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