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My first book, Aging, Duration, and the English Novel: Growing Old from Dickens to Woolf, was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2020. It theorizes novelistic duration and the conventions of realism through an analysis of representations of old age and aging, especially through the way novelists plot the development of characters over time.

My second book, Aging Earth: Senescent Environmentalism for Dystopian Futures, was published as part of the Cambridge Elements series in the Environmental Humanities in July 2023. This book challenges the privilege of youth in ecocritical thought and practice, especially the heteronormative urgency to address climate change for the sake of children and future generations. I propose a senescent environmentalism as a way of attending to the contingency of non-linear and non-teleological futures: drawing together the delicacy of ecosystems on the brink with the structural precarity of older people, queers, and people of color.

I am currently working on a third book, The Aging of Empire: Networks of Dependence from Young England to Young India, which focuses on how British and Indian authors mapped a politics of age onto the asymmetrical relation between colonizer and colonized. This project demonstrates how progressive, linear models of imperial expansion derived their power from a tacit comparison to the development of a human life, entangling anxieties about the durability of empire with figures relating to old age and youthful inheritance.

Education

Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, English Literature, July 2012.
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, English Literature, May 2008.
B.A. Texas Christian University, English Literature and Philosophy, June 2005.

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