About

I have two ongoing research projects. The first, entitled Resisting Gardens: Pedagogy & Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Literature, examines a selection of works of literature and art by women that engage with scientific subjects; genres include periodicals, textbooks, paper mosaics (collages), paintings, and conduct of life works. Utilizing the framework of critical plant studies, this project makes the argument for a radical tradition of women’s naturalist labor that challenges prevailing models of human-nature dynamics.

I have also begun preliminary research on a second project, Flora Abroad: Eighteenth-Century Women and Colonial Botany. While still in its early conceptual stages, this project traces the intellectual and artistic productions of women who studied the natural world in the Caribbean, America, Canada, and other European colonies.

Education

MA, English & American Literature, Georgetown University
PhD, English, Tufts University

Publications

“‘[T]hat Friendship which is yet dearer to me than any other earthly Good’: Female Intimacy in Eliza Haywood’s Epistles for the Ladies.” Eighteenth-Century Life 43, no. 3 (2019): 61-85.

“Constructing Women’s History in The Lady’s Museum.” Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain: 1690-1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century. The Edinburgh History of Women’s Periodical Culture in Britain, Volume 1. Eds., Jennie Batchelor and Manushag N. Powell (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018), 53-66.

“Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Turkish Embassy Letters: A Critical Survey.” With Jordan Hall and Elizabeth Zold. Literature Compass. 14, no. 10 (2017). DOI: 10.1111/lic3.12405

““Philosophy for the Ladies”: Feminism, Pedagogy, and Natural Philosophy in Charlotte Lennox’s The Lady’s Museum.Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 28, no. 1 (2015):139-166.

“‘An HOBBY-HORSE Well Worth Giving a Description Of’: Disability, Trauma, and Language in Tristram Shandy.” The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century. Ed., Chris Mounsey. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014: pp 105-133.

Memberships

The International Eliza Haywood Society

Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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