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. My book The Portrait's Subject: Inventing Inner Life in Nineteenth-Century America is forthcoming from University of North Carolina 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,