I am an Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College. My research interests include media studies and digital culture, gender studies, children’s culture, Anglo-American speculative fiction, and medieval English literature and its reception. I have published academic work in all of these areas and am currently working on a monograph called Magic in the Minor: Fantasy, Medievalisms, and the Otherworlds of Childhood, which is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.
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 am honored to work with the American Library Association as a National Project Scholar for their Great Stories Club for underserved youth. I also make documentaries, most recently about early English drama in collaboration with scholars and theatre professionals in the UK, and co-host a podcast called In Theory with lawyer and activist Noorain Khan. I have been known to dabble in speculative fiction.
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.