PhD in English Literature, Emory University, August 2011

Dissertation: Wax Impressions, Figures, and Forms in Early Modern Literature

Committee: Jonathan Goldberg (director), Patricia Cahill, Richard Rambuss.

B.A. in English and Economics, High Distinction, The University of Virginia, 2004.


2014-present    Assistant Professor, Department of English, Spelman College.

2012-2014       Lecturer, Department of English, Spelman College.

2011-2012       Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Emory University.


Refereed Articles:

2015 “Writing Women, Writing Wax: Metaphors of Impression, Possibilities of Agency in Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece   and Twelfth Night.” Criticism. Forthcoming.

2014 “Wax Magic and The Duchess of Malfi.” Journal for Early Modern Studies 14, no. 3 (2014): 31-54.

Book Chapters:

2015 “Woman as World: The Female Microcosm/ Macrocosm in Shakespeare and Donne” in This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature, eds. Marcie Frank and Karen Newman, Fordham UP. Forthcoming.

Manuscripts in Progress:

2015 Wax Works: Wax Impressions, Figures, and Forms in Early Modern Literature, a book-length monograph.


2010 – 2011 Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Emory University.

2007 Folger Institute. Grant-in-aid to support attendance at “A Sense of the Archive” seminar.

2005 — 2010   Graduate Fellowship, Department of English, Emory University.

2004 Wagenheim Memorial Prize, for best essay by an undergraduate, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2004.


2012 “Scenes of Same-Sex Writing.” Writing Sex and Other Matters. Brown University, Providence, RI, 2012.

2015 “Waxy Matters.” Guest lecture. Brown University, Providence, RI, 2015.


2012 “Deforming Wax in The Duchess of Malfi.” Renaissance Society of America, Washington DC.

2010 “Women and Wax: Shakespeare’s Women, Metaphors of Impression, Possibilities of Agency.” Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, IL.

2009 Printing, Patterning and Gender Relations: Re-reading the footprint through Margaret Cavendish.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Dallas, TX.

2006 I Haunt You Still: The Duchess of Malfi and the Secrets of the World Beyond.” Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group; CUNY, NY.


Senior Seminars:

2012 “Revenge Tragedies.” Spelman College. Fall.

Courses for Majors:

2013 – 2015 “Shakespeare.” Spelman College.

2012 – 2015 “Renaissance Literature.” Spelman College.

2013 “Early and Middle English Literature.” Spelman College.

2013 “Shakespeare on Film.” Spelman College.

2012 “17th-Century Literature as Post-Elizabethan.” Emory University.

2012 “Poetry and Technologies of Publication.” Emory University.

2011 – 2012 “Word Machines: An Introduction to Poetry.” Emory University.

2010 “Poetry, Utopia, and the ‘New Science’ in 17th– Century Literature.” Emory University.


2015 “Othellos.” Spelman College.

2014 “Writing Food.” Spelman College.

2013, 2012 “Writing Race, Writing Change.” Spelman College.

2011, 2009 “Writing the Limits of the Human.” Emory University.

2008 “Writing about Literature: Narratives of the Fall.” Emory University.

2007 “Expository Writing: To Hell With it All.” Emory University.


Race, gender and sexuality in the early modern world

Early modern philosophy and the “new science”

16th– and 17th-century Drama

16th– and 17th-century Poetry and Prose


Early and Middle English Literature

Restoration Literature

Queer Theory

Science and Literature