I’m an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College, where I teach courses on early modern English drama and literary theory. In my research, I work to uncover the structures and the forces that shape environment and embodiment in early modern English literature.
My first book, Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage (Oxford University Press, 2020), traces the way that characters think through their surroundings in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, arguing that such moments of “ecological thinking” make visible the often invisible means by which embodied subjects acquire a sense of their environs. At the same time, the book contends, these moments theorize and thematize the cognitive work that early modern playgoers undertook in reimagining the stage as the settings of the dramatic fiction. By documenting the relationship between these two registers of thought, Thinking Through Place posits drama as an aesthetic form capable of reshaping the way that environments were perceived, experienced, and navigated in early modern England.
I am now at work on a second book, which extends the critical framework of my first toward a more global context. In it, I ask how the material conditions of theatrical performance register movement across the early modern Atlantic and the effect of such movement upon conceptions of racial difference.