Current Position: Professor and Chair, English Department and Director of Digital Liberal Arts at Macalester College
Prior Positions: Professor of Victorian literature and culture (2000-2015) and Literature Programs Coordinator (2005-2012), Eastern Michigan University
Architectural Identities: Domesticity, Literature, and the Victorian Middle Classes, University of Toronto Press, 2010. Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the year. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Review19, Studies in English Literature, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Studies.
Children and Empire Series (4 vols.), co-edited with Cheryl Cassidy. Routledge Press, 2012. Vol 1: The “Civilizing” Mission: Education, Morality and Conversion; Vol 2: Management of Children: Life in Sickness and in Health; Vol 3: Migrations and Cultural Differences: Children throughout the Empire; Vol 4: Empire’s Children at Home: The Domestic Impact of a Presence Abroad.
“Identifying as a Reader: On Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë,” My Victorian Novel. Ed. Annette Federico. (forthcoming, University of Missouri Press)
“Travel Writing,” Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture. Eds. Talia Schaefer and Dennis Denisoff. Routledge Press, 2019: 473-84.
“Addressing Campus Violence Online and in Your Classrooms,” Profession, Spring 2019.
“Fashioning the Spectacle of Japan: Isabella Bird and the Periodical Press,” The Edinburgh History of Victorian Women’s Print Media, 1830-1900, Eds. Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers. Edinburgh UP, 2019: 256-76.
“Introduction: Cities and the Narratives that Build Them,” Journal of the Midwest MLA 48.2 (Fall 2015): 7-14.
“A Conference Manifesto for the Rest of Us,” Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2015. Co-authored with Cora Fox and Rebecca Walsh.
“Maternity Betrayed: Circulating Images of English Motherhood in India, 1857-1858,”Nineteenth-Century Contexts 35.2 (May 2013): 187-21
“Redesigning Femininity: Miss Marjoribanks’s Drawing-Room of Opportunity,” Victorian Literature and Culture, 36.1 (2008): 163-86.
“’Becoming a Victorian Reader’: The Serial Reading Process in the Modern Classroom,” Periodical Pedagogy, a special issue of VPR: Victorian Periodicals Review. 38.4 (Winter 2006): 330-342.
“Constance Naden and the Erotics of Evolution: Mating the Woman of Letters with Man of Science,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 61.2 (September 2006): 200-40. [Reprinted in “Darwinism,” Ed. Kathy D. Darrow. Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol 224 Detroit: Cenage Learning, 2010: 117-215.]