I am an assistant professor of English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I teach and research nineteenth-century British literature, specializing in novels of the Victorian period. My current project examines the capacities of novel form for representing and reshaping human psychology in the Victorian era. 

I am also the director of the Digital Dickens Notes Project, which aims to digitize and explore Charles Dickens’s working notes for his novels (beginning with Our Mutual Friend) alongside and in the context of their serial parts in order to deepen our understanding of Victorian serial form.

I received my Ph.D. in English from Duke University, where I was a Mellon ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow and recipient of the 2013 Duke University Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

For more information about my work, see my curriculum vitae and read about my teaching. Or visit my academia.edu profile. For information about the Digital Dickens Notes Project, see the website, or read posts tagged #dickensnotes. This site also served, at one time, as a space for some rather sporadic blog-style posts under the ambitiously-titled thoughts and inspirations section.