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Assistant Professor of English, Boston College

I teach and write about medieval English literature. My research focuses on meter and poetics (what makes poetry tick).

My first book was "English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History" (Cambridge University Press, 2016). I am at work on a second book, about English meter and the division of history into medieval and modern periods. With Irina Dumitrescu, I am editing a collection of essays entitled "Early English Poetics and the History of Style" (under contract at Medieval Institute Press). With Alastair Bennett and Katharine Breen, I edit the "Yearbook of Langland Studies."

My writing on literature and politics appears in The Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, and Inside Higher Ed.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of English, Boston College


  • 2014 
    Yale University, Ph.D., English Language and Literature