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.