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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.

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,

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.


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


  • 1994 
    The University of Virginia, PhD


  • 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
    Funding Source:
    Georgetown University
  • 1993
    Poe Travel Grant
    Funding Source:
    University of Virginia
  • 1990
    Dupont Fellow
    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)