Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Literature and director of the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College.
My research interests include media studies and digital culture, childhood, fantasy and the afterlives of medieval literature, and the role of the humanities in contemporary society. I have published academic work in all of these areas and my monograph, Re-Enchanted: The Rise of Children’s Fantasy Literature in Twentieth Century, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in Fall 2019.
I am the founding Director of Experimental Humanities, Bard’s liberal-arts answer to the digital humanities. EH focuses on how technologies mediate what it means to be human and embraces historical, theoretical, and practice-based approaches to this question.
I experiment with form in my own public-facing work, which includes documentaries about early English drama, a podcast called In Theory co-hosted with Noorain Khan, and short speculative fiction. I am honored to work with the American Library Association as a National Project Scholar for their Great Stories Club for underserved youth.
I received my master’s in English Medieval Studies and doctorate in English from the University of Oxford, where I studied on a Rhodes Scholarship, and my BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.