University of Pennsylvania, BA, magna cum laude
Northwestern University, PhD

My main research specialty is Victorian literature and culture. My first book, Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy (Toronto 2012), examines how images of feminized sexuality in the mid-Victorian realist novel reflected widespread contemporary anxieties about the growth of capitalism. I am co-founder of Vcologies, an international working group of nineteenth-centuryist scholars interested in ecocriticism and environmental studies. I am currently at work on a new book on the history of the sustainability concept and utopianism in the nineteenth century.  For more information on my research and links to my published articles, please visit

I am open to working with graduate students interested in a wide range of topics within the Victorian period, particularly environmentalism and ecocriticism; political economy and economic theory; feminist and gender theory; spatial theory and domestic and urban architecture; and psychoanalysis.

Winter 2018

ENGL120 Literature and Criticism Sections

Enriched study of selected works of literature from a number of critical perspectives. Open to students with a BC-equivalent mark of "A" (86%) in English 12 or "B+" (80%) in English Literature 12. Essays are required.

Winter 2018

ENGL364C Nineteenth-Century Studies - 19TH CENTURY Sections

Please see the Department website for further information on topics offered in the current session.

Winter 2018

ENGL553A Studies in Literary Theory - ST'S LIT THEORY Sections

Selected Recent Publications

Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy (University of Toronto Press, 2012)

“The Psychology of Victorian Buddhism and Rudyard Kipling’s Kim,” Nineteenth Century Literature 73.2 (2018): 227-59

“Form Against Force: Sustainability and Organicism in the Work of John Ruskin,” Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire, ed. Nathan K. Hensley and Philip Steer, Fordham University Press (2018): 101-20

“Queering Time,” introduction to selected papers from the 2017 North American Studies Association Conference, Victorian Studies 60.2 (2018): 236-42

“The Madwoman on the Third Story: Jane Eyre in Space,” PMLA 131 (2016): 101-115

“The Discreet Charm of Abstraction: Hyperspace Worlds and Victorian Geometry,” Victorian Studies 56.3 (Spring 2014; special issue featuring NAVSA 2013 conference papers): 398-410

“Wolf Children and Automata: Bestiality and Boredom at Home and Abroad,” Representations 96 (Fall 2006): 21-47

“What Maxie Knew: The Gift and Oedipus in What Maisie Knew and Rushmore,” Mosaic38.2 (June 2005): 1-17

“Incognito, Intervention, and Dismemberment in Adam Bede,” ELH (English Literary History)70.2 (Summer 2003): 541-574

“Superfluity and Suction: The Problem with Saving in The Mill on the Floss,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 35.1 (Fall 2001): 69-103