I am a scholar, writer, editor, and teacher.

My research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature and visual culture; theories of inner life; & race, gender, and popular culture. I am obsessed with portraits and am at work on a book titled The Portrait's Subject: Inventing Inner Life in Nineteenth-Century America

I also write cultural criticism for popular outlets. I love Twilight. In 2016, I began writing a column on parenting and classic literary texts for The Hairpin.

With Sarah Mesle, I co-founded and co-edit the web magazine Avidly. We are now acquiring and editing manuscripts for a series of short books--Avidly Reads--to be published by NYU Press.

I'm Associate Professor of English at Pace University in downtown Manhattan. I earned my PhD in American Literature from Northwestern University in 2009.


John Singer Sargent. Mrs. Hugh Hammersley (detail), 1892. Oil on canvas; 81 x 45 1/2 in. (205.7 x 115.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,