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 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 intersection of embodiment and environment 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, establishing not only how these characters 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 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. Theorizing this form of thought through works by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Beaumont, and Jonson, I counter a critical tradition that figures drama as a form of spatial abstraction and show, instead, that theatrical performance constituted a self-reflexive mode of thinking through and about place in the early modern period.
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 that project, 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.
My essays and reviews have appeared in SEL, Studies in Philology, Theatre Survey, and Early Modern Culture.