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Literary Historian; Founding Director of the Office of Scholarly Publications, Georgetown University

I'm a scholar of women who lived from 1680-1720 who wrote about war, politics, foreign affairs, and other topics traditionally addressed by men. I also publish on radical, nonviolent peace activists, including people in prison for faith, conscience, and nuclear disarmament. I run an interfaith faculty intentional community next to campus in the spirit of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker. www.publishingadvising.com/house

Please ask me about the book you want to write! If you are a university faculty member or an editor for The Conversation, we can discuss. I facilitate the highest-level publishing for university professors, and also for research scholars in the government and at think tanks. I also consult with universities in the US and internationally, and run a 501c3 nonprofit for global scholars who want to publish in English, www.calendly.com/booklab

MEDIA/BOOKS: A radio producer and host, I have been on NPR, in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, on CNN, 60 Minutes, and in many other national publications. I published two books with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, co-edited a third, and am finishing a fourth on Transform Now Plowshares (the nun who committed the largest breach in U.S. nuclear security history) for Liturgical Press. With Fr. Drew Christiansen, SJ (former editor-in-chief of America magazine), I had the privilege of co-editing his book on nuclear disarmament and the Vatican for Georgetown University Press. http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/world-free-nuclear-weapons

Experience

  • 2006–present
    Director, Office of Scholarly Publications, Georgetown University
  • 1997–2006
    English Department faculty member, Georgetown University
  • 1994–1997
    Visiting scholar, UNC-Chapel Hill

Education

  • 1994 
    The University of Virginia, PhD

Publications

  • 2020
    A World Free from Nuclear Weapons: The Vatican Conference on Disarmament, Georgetown University Press
  • 2018
    Why Ovid's Atalanta (and not Bacon's New Atlantis) was the Source of Delarivier Manley's Title "The New Atalantis", Notes & Queries
  • 2013
    Military Scandal and National Debt in Manley's New Atalantis, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
  • 2011
    How a Pie Fight Satirizes Whig-Tory Conflict in Delarivier Manley's The New Atalantis , Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • 2006
    Persistent Publishing Myths Among Scholarly Authors With Big-Bookstore Dreams, Change
  • 2000
    Traditional Degrees for Nontraditional Students, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Engaging India Grant
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Georgetown University
  • 1993
    Poe Travel Grant
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    University of Virginia
  • 1990
    Dupont Fellow
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    University of Virginia

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Society of Early Americanists
  • National Press Club
  • American Historical Association
  • Associates of the Sacred Heart

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing (Incl. Playwriting) (190402)
  • Religion And Society (220405)
  • History Of Ideas (220209)
  • History And Philosophy Of The Humanities (220207)
  • Archival, Repository And Related Studies (210201)
  • Biography (210304)
  • British History (210305)
  • North American History (210312)