I’m an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College, where I teach courses on early modern drama and critical theory. I received my PhD 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 structures and the forces that shape embodiment and environment in early modern English drama. In my first book, Thinking through Place on the Early Modern English Stage, I trace the way that characters think through their surroundings in early modern drama, showing not only how these characters orient themselves within unfamiliar or otherwise strange locations but also how those locations function as the scaffolding for perception, memory, and other forms of embodied and affective thought. Such moments of what I call “ecological thinking” show how early modern theatrical performance brings places into being, and they reveal a process that both resembles and parallels the cognitive work that early modern playgoers undertook in reimagining the stage as the settings of the dramatic fiction. Tracing the vexed relationship between these two registers in works by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Beaumont, and Jonson, I aim to counter a critical tradition that figures drama as a form of spatial abstraction and to show, instead, that theatrical performance constituted a sophisticated and self-reflexive mode of thinking through and about place in the early modern period. Articles related to this project have appeared in SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and Studies in Philology.
As I complete that project, I have begun work on two new research endeavors. In an article titled “Timur the Lame: Marlowe, Disability, and Form,” I contrast the hyperability of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine with the physical impairment of the historical Timur, arguing that this discrepancy is rooted in, and in turn revises our understanding of, early modern form. The second project is a book-length study of the way that the material conditions of drama register circum-Atlantic movement in the early modern period and its effects upon conceptions of race.
For more information about me, please see a current version of my CV.