Pennsylvania University, BA
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.

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

“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

“Demand and Desire in Dracula,” Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, ed. Jill Rappoport and Lana Dalley, Ohio State University Press (2013): 110-25

“Where Does the Pleasure Come From? The Marriage Plot and Its Discontents in Jane Austen’s Emma,” Persuasions 29 (2007): 217-226

“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,” Mosaic 38.2 (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