• Ph.D., M.A. Harvard University
  • B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise

  • Renaissance and Early Modern Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Carceral Studies
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • History of Science


My background is in comparative literature, and my research and teaching connect early modern English literature to other disciplines, including carceral studies, premodern critical race studies, colonial studies, and the history of science, as well as literature in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin, and Ancient Greek. Before joining the Davidson faculty, I taught at Harvard University as well as in prisons across Massachusetts.

I have peer-reviewed articles on William Shakespeare, settler colonialism in early America, the English baroque, and the poetics of early modern science. My research has been supported by a Mellon Fellowship in English Paleography at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Villa I Tatti Graduate Fellowship for Renaissance Studies, the Bowdoin Prize for Best Graduate Essay in the English Language at Harvard University, and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina.

My first book project, The English Baroque: The Logic of Excess in Early Modern Literature, argues that early modern English literature was an essential part of the first global aesthetic movement—the baroque. It presents the first large-scale history of English baroque literature. 

I am now at work on a second book, tentatively titled Carceral Colonialism: Literature and Punishment in Early America. This new project focuses on the history of prison literature in early America and the carceral strategies the English settlers used to colonize the continent and convert the Indigenous Peoples of America.