I’ve been a professor for my entire adult life, in this profession for nearly three decades.  While I feel like a veteran scholar, I also feel as though we are all on the verge of a new world, where old rules don’t apply.  Working as an academic at this historical moment is like being an 18th-century scholar in that we have one foot in the past and one in the present, leading toward the future.

My academic interests remain in Restoration and 18thC literature, especially women writers, digital humanities, open access, book history.

I’ve recently completed the book Quantitative Literary Analysis of the Works of Aphra Behn, scheduled for publication by Anthem Press in February 2023. https://anthempress.com/quantitative-literary-analysis-of-aphra-behn-s-works-hb

With Jessica Cook, I have edited a wonderful new collection of essays by a slate of exceptional scholars called The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, from University of Delaware Press. I am also editor of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/abo/



PhD and MA English Literature and Certificate in Women’s Studies, Emory University

BA English/Women’s Studies University of Rochester


Recent Articles

  1.   “Austen and Computation 2.0,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, special issue: What’s Next for Jane Austen, ed. Janine Barchas and Devoney Looser (December 2019): 397-415.

  2.  “Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age: An Interview with Gillian Wright and Alan Hogarth,” ABO, vol.8, issue 2 (Fall 2018).

  3. “Aphra Behn Online: The Case for Early Modern Open-Access Publishing,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, The Digital Turn, 13.4 (Fall 2013): 104-121.

  4. “Tracing a Genealogy of Oroonoko Editions.” Essays and Studies, special volume “British Literature and Print Culture,” ed. Sandro Jung, for the English Association, vol. 66 (2013): 5-32.

  5. “The Multiple Roles of Music in Aphra Behn” chapter accepted for proposed volume The Routledge Companion to Early Modern Music and Literature, edited by Katharina Clausius and Rachael Durkin; forthcoming.

  6. “Eliza Haywood’s Digital Humanity, or EH in DH: An Overview.”  In Tiffany Potter (ed). MLA Approaches to Teaching Eliza Haywood.  New York: MLA, 2020. 185-195.

  7.  Co-authored with Jessica L. Cook. “Introduction.” Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women. University of Delaware Press, April 2019. 1-20.

  8. “Dueling.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660–1789. Day, Gary and Jack Lynch (eds). Blackwell Publishing, 2015. Print and Online Reference.

  9. “Constructing Place in Oroonoko.” Gender and Space in Britain, 1660-1820. Ed. Karen Gevirtz and Mona Narain.. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. 19-32. Winner of the 2015 Percy G. Adams prize from the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-century Studies

  10.  “Teaching Oroonoko with Milton and Dryden; or, Behn’s Use of the Heroic.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Oroonoko. Ed. Mary Ann O’Donnell and Cynthia Richards. New York:  MLA, 2013.  143-149


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