British Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Romanticism, South African Literature, Novel, Poetry, Literary Theory and Criticism, Philosophy, Intellectual History, Science, History of Science, Literature and Science, Mathematics and Literature, Law and Literature, Animal Studies


PhD, English, Harvard University, 2015.

MPhil, English (Criticism & Culture), University of Cambridge, 2008.

AB, English & Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard College, 2006.

Other Publications

Edited Collection

“Logic and Literary Form.” Ed. Jeffrey Blevins and Daniel Williams. Special issue of Poetics Today 41.1 (2020).

Journal Articles

“Transatlantic Climate and Gulf Stream Aesthetics.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 76.1 (2021): 57–91.

​“Introduction: Logic and Literary Form” (with Jeffrey Blevins). Poetics Today 41.1 (2020): 1–36.

“Down the Slant Towards the Eye: Hopkins and Ecological Perception” In: “Open Ecologies.” Ed. Devin Griffiths and Deanna K. Kreisel. Victorian Literature and Culture 48.1 (2020): 127–54.

“Life Among the Vermin: Nineveh and Ecological Relocation.” Studies in the Novel 50.3 (2018): 419–40.

“Coetzee’s Stones: Dusklands and the Nonhuman Witness.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 19.4 (2018): 438–60.

“Slow Fire: Serial Thinking and Hardy’s Genres of Induction.” In: “Narrative Against Data in the Victorian Novel.” Ed. Jesse Rosenthal and Adam Grener. Genre 50.1 (2017): 19–38.

“The Clouds and the Poor: Ruskin, Mayhew, and Ecology. ” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 38.5 (2016): 319–31.

“Apprentice to Deception: L. P. Hartley and the Bildungsroman.” Anglia: Journal of English Philology 134.1 (2016): 43–69.

“Stem and Skein: Order and Evolution in Hopkins.” Victorian Poetry 53.4 (2015): 423–454.

“Atmospheres of Liberty: Ruskin in the Clouds.” ELH 82.1 (2015): 141–182.

“Rumor, Reputation, and Sensation in Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.1 (2013): 93–115.

Book Chapters

“Accident.” In: The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities. Ed. Simon Stern, Bernadette Meyler, and Maksymilian Del Mar. New York: Oxford University Press (2019). 335–51.

“‘Vile Attentions’: On the Limits of Sympathetic Imagination.” The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. Ed. Andrew Linzey. Brighton and Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2009. 206–220.


“The House that Form Built.” Review of The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space, by Anna Kornbluh. Public Books (January 28, 2020).

Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire,” ed. Nathan K. Hensley and Philip Steer.  Nineteenth-Century Contexts (2020).

Victorian Writers and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives, edited by Laurence W. Mazzeno and Ronald D. Morrison.” Victorian Studies 60.2 (2018): 314–16.

“Victorian Ecocriticism for the Anthropocene.” Review Essay. Victorian Literature and Culture 45.3 (2017): 667–684.

Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel, by Jesse Rosenthal.” MLN: Modern Language Notes 132.5 (Comparative Literature Issue) (2017): 1356–60.

Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species, by Ursula K. Heise.” Comparative Literature Studies 54.2 (2017): 468–472.

Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel, by David Kurnick.” MLN: Modern Language Notes (Comparative Literature Issue) 128.5 (2013): 1217–1220.


“Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Academic Travel” (with Caroline Levine et al.). Op-Ed. Inside Higher Ed (April 18, 2019).


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