I’m an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College, where I teach courses on early modern English drama and literary theory. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013 and began teaching at Skidmore a year later, after taking up a postdoc at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
My research examines the ways in which embodiment and environment are constructed in early modern English drama. In my first book, Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), I trace the way that characters think through their surroundings—not only how they orient themselves within unfamiliar or otherwise strange locations but also how their locations function as the scaffolding for perception, memory, and other forms of embodied thought. These moments of what I call “ecological thinking” both theorize and thematize the work that early modern playgoers undertook in reimagining the stage as the setting of the dramatic fiction. Attending to such moments in the works of Marlowe, Shakespeare, Beaumont, and Jonson, I argue that drama makes visible the often invisible means by which embodied subjects acquire a sense of their surroundings. In doing so, it altered the way that places were perceived, experienced, and imagined in early modern England.
I am now at work on a second book project, which extends the critical framework of my first book toward a more global context. In it, I ask how the material conditions of theatrical performance register circum-Atlantic movement in the early modern period and the effect of such movement upon conceptions of racial difference.
You can find a current version of my CV here.