Diss Defense Portrait

I’m an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo.  My work examines the literature and culture of the early modern era.

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. I have previously taught at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Oberlin College, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

My book manuscript-in-progress, Spongy Natures: The Civic Ecologies of Ben Jonson’s London, uses city comedy and other urban texts to describe early modern London as a series of distinct material ecologies, giving rise to a variety of literary texts, characters, and humours: the “creatures” that inhabit various niches offered by a rapidly growing and changing city.

My publications include material culture, ecocritical, and actor-network theory approaches to early modern texts, with special attention given to the traffic between literary, technical, and practical spheres of thought. I have also published multiple texts on the representation of the Islamic world in early modern English texts.

My blog contains posts on my work, stories that interest me, and accounts of my travels, including life and work in Egypt.

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