I am Professor of English and Director of Graduate Programs in the English department.


My research focuses on the global eighteenth century and world anglophone literature, especially literature produced within the British Empire. My book, Before the Raj: Writing Early Anglophone India, available from Johns Hopkins University Press, offers a new literary history for English-language writing in British Asia before 1820. An introduction to this argument can be found in PMLA. My previous book, Sounding Imperial: Poetic Voice and the Politics of Empire, 1730-1820, describes the close relationship between the evolution of eighteenth-century poetry, the creation of a British nation, and colonial expansion overseas. My research has been supported by the ACLS, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Whiting Foundation, and other organizations.


In addition to my scholarly work, I am also the Director of Graduate Programs at NC State English, where I am responsible for the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of approximately 120 graduate students across three programs (Masters of Arts; Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; Masters of Science in Technical Communication). I have worked closely with department faculty and the Graduate School to increase these programs’ visibility and diversify their student populations.


I also write about professional issues in higher education, specifically about the value of the humanities, the creation of literary fields, how to apply for fellowships and grants, how to revise dissertations and publish academic books, and how to be a mid-career faculty member in ProfessionThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Guardian, and the Journal of Scholarly Publishing that have been widely downloaded and read.


PhD, Rutgers University, 2005

BA, Univeristy of Virginia, 1997

Other Publications

Before the Raj: Writing Early Anglophone India. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021.

Sounding Imperial: Poetic Voice and the Politics of Empire, 1730-1820. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

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