Hello and welcome to my website! I’m a Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, past president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association, and a member of the Historical Poetics Working Group. I also currently direct the English Honors program at UMD and I serve on the advisory boards of the journals Victorian Studies and Victorian Poetry. My research focuses on nineteenth-century literature in English, especially poetry. I’m committed to thinking globally about the circulation of literature, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.
My most recent book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies, is a study of poetry written by nineteenth-century British emigrants in colonial spaces, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017 (listen here to a radio interview on my book). Selected as one of the “Books of the Year 2018” by the Australian Book Review, this work was supported by fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). My first book, Electric Meters (2009), looks at the ways Victorian poetry was inspired by and in conversation with developments in the electrical sciences: for example, the invention of the telegraph and the discovery of electromagnetic radiation.
At the University of Maryland I’ve recently taught courses on the Victorian fin de siècle, world literature and emigration, Australian literature, nineteenth-century transatlantic poetry, and Romantic to Modern British literature. I’ve also taught Winterterm courses in Australia and in New Zealand, a Summerterm course in London, and online courses on British literature. You can access syllabi for some of these classes by clicking “Courses” above.