Chair and Professor of English
M.A. Princeton University (1998)
Ph.D. Princeton University, English & American Literature (2003)
Areas of Expertise
The nineteenth-century novel and realism more generally; Victorian poetry, non-fiction prose, and drama; sociology and literature; twentieth-century and contemporary experimental or conceptual writing and art.
ENGL 146 SEMCampus Life: The University and the Novel (not offered 2023/24)
ENGL 240 / COMP 239 SEMWhat is a Novel? (not offered 2023/24)
ENGL 344 / COMP 364 SEMAestheticism & Decadence (not offered 2023/24)
The Comfort of Strangers: Social Life and Literary Form (Oxford UP, 2016)
Reviews / Press for The Comfort of Strangers
“Weapons of Mass Reduction” Cabinet Magazine
“Crowd Management: Matthew Arnold and the Science of Society” Victorian Poetry, 41.1 (Spring 2003) 93-111.
“George Eliot and the Science of Society” Novel, 42.9 (2003) 538-45.