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 book Re-Enchanted: The Rise of Children’s Fantasy Literature in Twentieth Century is out with the University of Minnesota Press in Fall 2019.Maria2 copy.jpg

I am the founding Director of Experimental Humanities, which focuses on how technologies mediate what it means to be human. We embrace historical, theoretical, and practice-based approaches to this question, often through interdisciplinary collaboration and justice-minded work in the community.

I experiment with form in my own public-facing work, which includes a DH (computational text analysis) project based on The Babysitters Club corpus called The Data-Sitters Clubdocumentaries 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 reading and discussion program for underserved youth across the United States.

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. I grew up in Newport News, Virginia.



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