Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011

M.A. New York University, 2005

B.A. New York University, 2004


I specialize in Victorian literature and in literary and critical theory. My wider interests include the novel, comparative nineteenth-century fiction, the history and phenomenology of reading, psychoanalysis and the history of psychology, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnicity studies, and contemporary fiction and memoir.


My current book project, Novel Feelings, explores the way the Victorian novel teaches us to read, teaches us to feel, and teaches us to experience our own subjectivity. Each of my four main chapters explores the way a dominant feeling – wishfulness in The Mill on the Floss, weariness in Middlemarch, loneliness in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and restfulness in The Return of the Native – dictates not only the content, but also the form and style of the realist novel. My project both places the nineteenth-century novel within the history of psychology and helps us to understand feeling as a matter of literary form.


Review of The Buried Giant: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Psychoanalytic Psychology (forthcoming).

“Alone with Tess,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 48.1 (2015): 18-44.                            

“One-sentence pastiche,” in The Pocket Instructor: Literature: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom, ed. Diana Fuss and Bill Gleason. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. 273-275.

Review of The Christopher Bollas Reader, in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 18 (2013): 101–104.

“The Weariness of the Victorian Novel: Middlemarch and the Medium of Feeling," English Language Notes 48.1 (2010), Special Issue on Genre and Affect: 139-154.

Honors and Awards

American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship, 2012-2013

Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship, Amherst College, 2011-2013

Five College Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Amherst College, 2010-2011