Academic Appointments

Rutgers University, Camden

Associate Professor, English Department
2013-present

Assistant Professor, English Department
2007-2013

Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
2012-present

Education

2007
Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia
Dissertation: Popular Reforms: Progressive Ideology and Gothic Writing 1760-1820
Advisers: Cynthia Wall, J. Paul Hunter, and Patricia Meyer Spacks
2004
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia
1998
M.Phil. (Honors), Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin
1996
A.B., English and Psychology, Stanford University

Publications

Book

Social Reform in Gothic Writing: Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764-1834 (Basingstoke, England and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Articles

“The Florizel and Perdita Affair,” in Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History, 1775-1925 (BRANCH). Gen. ed. Dino Felluga. Web. (March 2013).

“Defiant Damsels: Gothic Space and Female Agency in Emmeline, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and Secresy.” Women’s Writing 18:3 (August 2011): 331-347.

“Reform Ideology and Generic Structure in Matthew Lewis’s Journal of a West India Proprietor.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 35 (2006): 27-51.

Book Chapter

“Working Mothers on the Romantic Stage,” in Stage Mothers: Women, Work, and the Theatre, 1660-1830, eds. Elaine McGirr and Laura Engel (under review at Bucknell University Press).

Recent Conference Papers and Invited Presentations

2013
“Upstairs/Downstairs: Working-class Gothic,” ASECS, Cleveland
2012
“Reading Mary Robinson’s Memoirs,” EC/ASECS, Baltimore
2012
“Working Mothers on the Romantic Stage: Sarah Siddons and Mary Robinson,” Delaware Valley British Studies Group, Philadelphia
2012
“?A sweet appearance, but a dread illusion’: The Conjuring Scene in Coleridge’s Remorse,” ERR Special Session at NASSR, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2012
“Portrait of a Working Mother: Sarah Siddons and Mary Robinson,” Inter Disciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), University of Kentucky
2011
“Schemes of reformation’: Defining the New Republic’s Approach to Illness in Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn,” NASSR, Park City
2011
“Transmuting the Baser Metals: Political Economy in Godwin’s St. Leon,” University of Pennsylvania Eighteenth-Century Reading Group, Philadelphia
2011
“‘Well-meant persecutions’: Philadelphia’s 1793 Yellow Fever Outbreak in Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn,” Society of Early Americanists (SEA), Philadelphia
2010
“A Castle of One’s Own: Gothic in Emmeline, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and Secresy,” EC/ASECS, Pittsburgh
2010
“‘The Great Enchantress’: Ann Radcliffe’s Celebrity and the Emerging Gothic Canon,” NASSR, Vancouver, Canada
2010
“Cross and Crescent: Sixteenth-Century Hungary in Godwin’s St. Leon,” ASECS, Albuquerque
2009
“A Romantic Soldier in a Gothic Landscape: The American Revolution in Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House,” CSECS, Ottawa, Canada
2009
“Anachronistic Africans: Anti-Slavery Sentiment in Matthew Lewis’s The Castle Spectre”, NASSR, Duke University
2009
“Slavery, Censorship, and the Romantic Stage,” Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania
2008
“Becoming ‘Mother Radcliffe’: Ann Radcliffe’s Reception History and Contemporary Feminist Scholarship,” SEASECS, Auburn University
2007
“Romanticism and the Gothic,” panel organizer, ASECS, Atlanta
2006
“The Difference It Makes: Writing Criticism of Texts by Writers of Multiple Genres,” ASECS, Montreal
2005
“Private Education, Public Reform: William Godwin, Eliza Fenwick, and Charlotte Smith,” ASECS, Las Vegas
2004
“Godwinian Radicalism and the Institutional Gothic: Eliza Fenwick’s Secresy and Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House,” Gothic Spaces Symposium, Stirling, Scotland
2004
“The Plantation and the Polis: Reform Ideology and Nation-Building in Matthew Lewis’s Journal of a West India Proprietor,” ASECS, Boston

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

2013-2014
Seminar Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University
2013
Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers University
2013
NSF Mini-grant, Celebrating Women in STEM Fields, Women’s History Month, Rutgers University
2011-2012
Faculty Research Grant, Rutgers University
2011-2012
Civic Engagement Faculty Fellowship, Rutgers University
2008-2009
Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum
2008-2009
Research Council Grant, Rutgers University
2005-2007
Faculty Fellow, Hereford Residential College at the University of Virginia
2005
Aubrey L. Williams Research Travel Fellowship, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
2003-2005
Dean’s Fellowship, University of Virginia
2000-2003
Dupont Fellowship, University of Virginia
2002-2003
Cabell Fellowship, University of Virginia

Teaching Experience

Rutgers University

Spring 2013
Gender and Sexuality in Anglo-American Literature, undergraduate seminar
The Romantic Period, undergraduate survey
Fall 2012
The Novel of Sensibility, undergraduate survey
Gothic Fiction, graduate seminar
Spring 2012
Gothic Writing, undergraduate survey
Fall 2011
Romantic Drama, graduate seminar
Introduction to Women’s Studies, undergraduate survey
Spring 2011
The Romantic Period, graduate seminar
Romantic Literature, undergraduate survey
Spring 2010
Gothic Writing, undergraduate survey
Women in Literature, undergraduate survey
Fall 2009
Critical Methods in English, undergraduate seminar
Romantic Women, graduate seminar
Spring 2009
Critical Methods in English, undergraduate seminar
Major Authors: Godwin and Dickens, undergraduate seminar
Fall 2008
Gothic Fiction, graduate seminar
Travel Writing, undergraduate survey
Spring 2008
The Romantic Period, graduate seminar
Gothic Writing 1790-1900, undergraduate survey
Fall 2007
Introduction to Literary Study, undergraduate seminar
The Romantic Period, undergraduate survey

University of Virginia

2005
History of Literature II, undergraduate survey
2004
History of Literature I, undergraduate survey
2003
Introduction to the English Major, undergraduate seminar
2001
History of English Literature I, undergraduate survey

Service

Professional

2012
Peer Reviewer, Nineteenth-Century Contexts (Routledge)
2010-present
Penn Eighteenth Century Works-in-Progress Group
2009
Peer Reviewer, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, Gen. Ed. Peter Logan
2007-2009
Delaware Valley British Studies Group

Rutgers University

2012-present
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
2011-2012
Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows Program
2009
Dramaturge, Dracula, The Department of Fine Arts Theater Program
2009-present
Coordinator, Junior Faculty Research Group
2007-2009
Faculty Senator
2007-2012
Women’s Studies Adviser and Senior Seminar Contributor

English Department

2011-present
English Executive Council, elected junior faculty member
2011-present
Graduate Program Committee
2009-2011
Writing Program Committee
2008-2009
Editor, English Department Undergraduate Catalogue
2007-2008
Student Community Relations Committee