Rutgers University
English Department
311 N. Fifth Street 
Camden , NJ 08102
Tel: (856) 225-2937


Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
Assistant Professor, English Department


Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture; Ancient Greek Literature and Culture; History of Classical Education; Women’s Studies


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ph.D., English Literature, 2004. GPA: 4.0
Dissertation: Hades and Hellenism: Underworlds of the Victorian Mythopoeic Imagination
Dissertation Advisors: Erin O’Connor, Jean-Michel Rabaté. Reader: Nina Auerbach

Cambridge University , Newnham College – Cambridge , England
Dissertation Research & MA Seminars 2002-2003 – Classical Studies Department
Supervisors: Mary Beard, Simon Goldhill

Brown University , Providence , Rhode Island
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Comparative Literature and Classics, 1997. GPA: 4.0
Honors Thesis: Speaking For My Selves: Recovering the Legacy of the Double-Sexed Literary Imagination
Thesis Advisors: David Konstan, Arnold Weinstein 

Oxford University , Mansfield College – Oxford , England
Associate student, 1995-1996



  • Heretical Hellenism: Women Writers, Ancient Greece , and the Victorian Popular Imagination . Athens : Ohio University Press, 2008.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • “Augusta Webster and the Social History of Myth” forthcoming in Women’s Studies (2010).
  • “A Tenuous Heroism: Anna Leonowens and the Autobiographical Subject” forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Studies Vol. 23 (2010).
  • “Asian Awakenings: Alicia Little and the Limits of Orientalism” in Victorian Literature and Culture 37:1 (spring 2009): 11-25.
  • “Piecing the Patchwork Self: A Reading of The Color Purple” in The Explicator Vol. 66 (Summer 2008): 150-153.
  • “Altared Selves: Sacrifice and Substitution in Balzac’s Père Goriot” in The Explicator Vol. 66 (Winter 2008): 85-88.
  • “Sati and Great Expectations: Dickens in the Wake of the Indian Mutiny” in Victorians Institute Journal 35 (2007): 31-52.
  • “Between Nowhere and Home: The Odyssey of Lucy Snowe” in Brontë Studies Vol. 32 (March 2007): 11-20.
  • “The Daimon Archives: Jane Harrison and the Afterlife of Dead Languages” in TheJournal of Modern Literature Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter 2005): 130-164.

Book Chapters

  • “George Eliot and the Classics” in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature Vol. IV (1780-1880) . Oxford , UK : Oxford University Press, 2012. Forthcoming.
  • “The Greeks and Hellenism” in Thomas Hardy In Context. Cambridge , UK : Cambridge University Press, 2011. Forthcoming.
  • “Charles Dickens in his Times” in Critical Insights: Charles Dickens. Ed., Eugene Goodheart. Pasadena , CA : Salem Press, 2010. Forthcoming.
  • “The Critical Reception of Great Expectations” in Critical Insights: Great Expectations. Ed., Eugene Goodheart. Pasadena , CA : Salem Press, 2009: 33-54.

Book Reviews

  • “Reframing the Classics in Victorian England” in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 4.1 (Spring 2008):
  • LeeAnne M. Richardson’s New Women and Colonial Adventure Fiction in Victorian Britain : Gender, Genre, and Empire in Journal of British Studies Vol. 46 no.2 (April 2007): 466-468. 

Current Projects

  • “Victorian Literature and China” – a review of research on literary relations between England and China in the nineteenth century for Literature Compass (forthcoming winter 2010).
  • “Reorientations” – a book on literary relations betweeen England and China from the beginning of the first Opium War (1839) to the beginning of the Second World War (1932).
  • Co-editing a revised and updated edition of J.A. Cuddon’s Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory for Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
  • “Greek Tragedy and the Language of Atrocity” – a book examining how and why the language, conventions, and mythological backgrounds of Greek tragedy are used by modern writers during historical moments of trauma and crisis.
  • “Critical Privilege” – a book of essays and reflections on racial identity and the imperative of self-consciousness in academic and scholarly writing
  • “The Care of Flesh” – a novel of inter-related short stories about four Chinese girls growing up in the US.


  • September 2006 – “Sensational Tragedy: The Seductive Art of Ristori’s Medea” (North American Victorian Studies Association Conference)
  • July 2006 – “Victorian Medea: the Sensationalist Roots of her Rise to Popularity” (“Medea: Mutations and Permutations of a Myth”)
  • January 2006 – “The Work of Art in the Age of Powerpoint Presentations: Visual Media, Victorian Poetry, and the Vindication of Aura” ( Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities)
  • April 2005 – “The Work of Art in the Age of Powerpoint Presentations: Visual Texts in the Literary Canon” (RCEGSA invited lecture)
  • March 2005 – “Possessing Greek: Romola and Hellenism’s Distaff Legacy” (American Comparative Literature Association Conference)
  • March 2005 – “Blessed Damozels: Women of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood” (Lecture for Women’s Studies Month at Rutgers University )
  • March 2005 – “Pre-Raphaelite Negotiations of Womanhood in Art and Poetry” (Invited lecture for graduate seminar in Gender and the Arts, taught by Dr.Marty Rosenberg)
  • October 2004 – “Jane Harrison and the Erotics of Institutional Reform.” (Classical Association of the Atlantic States Conference)


  • Fall 2009 Classical Backgrounds to English Literature
  • Spring 2009 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • Fall 2008 Honors World Masterpieces
  • Victorian Literature
  • Spring 2008 Classical Backgrounds to English Literature: Medea and Antigone
  • Major British Authors: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot
  • Spring 2007 World Masterpieces
  • Fall 2006 World Masterpieces Honors
  • Classical Backgrounds to English Literature: Medea and Antigone
  • Spring 2006 Introduction to Literary Study
  • Fall 2005 Modern British Fiction
  • Major British Authors: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot
  • Spring 2005 Victorian Literature
  • Fall 2004 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • Women in Literature

GRADUATE TEACHING ( Rutgers University )

  • Spring 2010 Victorian Literature
  • Fall 2009 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing
  • Spring 2009 Greek Tragedy and Its Legacy
  • Spring 2008 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • Spring 2007 Victorian Literature
  • Spring 2006 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • Spring 2005 Victorian Literature


  • 2009-2010 – Lisa-Gaye Saris, Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Colonialism and African-American Literature
  • 2009-2010 Elisa Cogbill, MA Honors Thesis: The Greek and Roman Novel
  • 2008-2009 Calin Grajko , MA Honors Thesis: Coleridge’s “Cristabel”
  • 2008-2009 Neal Robbins, Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Dorothy Sayers
  • 2007 Michael Miller, MA Honors Thesis: “Touring Prodigy Houses in English Literature” (reader)
  • 2006-2007 Jeff Boettcher – Teaching Internship (Crossway Academy)
  • 2006 Dana Harrison, MA Honors Thesis: “Evolution of the Invisible: From Hysteria to Hauntings in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw and May Sinclair’s “The Intercessor”
  • 2005-2006 Emily McCambridge, Undergraduate Honors Project: “Invalidated Models of Masculinity in Wuthering Heights and The Heir of Redclyffe”

COMMITTEE WORK / SERVICE ( Rutgers University )

  • 2010 Search Committee for Associate Chancellor for Enrollment Management
  • 2009-present Director, Writing Program
  • 2007 Editor-in-Chief, Phoenix (spring issue)
  • 2006-2007 Selection Committee for New Hire in British Romanticism
  • 2006-present Director, Classical Studies Minor
  • 2006-2008 Student Community Relations Committee, chair
  • 2005 Acting Director, Writing Program
  • 2005-2008 Faculty Life Committee
  • 2005-2007 Faculty Senator
  • 2005-present Teaching Matters Committee
  • 2005-2006 Curriculum Committee
  • 2005-2006 Writer’s House Committee
  • 2004-2005 Women’s History Month Committee (Women’s Studies)
  • 2004-2007 Writing Program Committee
  • 2004-2005 Committee for designing of Classics Minor


  • 2006-2007 Rutgers Rutgers Research Council Grant
  • 2003-2004 Penn Chimicles Teaching Fellowship
  • 2002 Penn Finalist, Fulbright Scholarship
  • 2001-2002 Penn Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1997-2000 Penn Teaching Assistant Graduate Fellowship
  • 1999-2000 Penn Chimicles Teaching Fellowship
  • 1997 Brown Harvey Baker Fellowship, to outstanding graduating student
  • 1997 Brown Rosalie Colie Prize, to outstanding honors thesis in Comp. Lit.
  • 1996 Brown Phi Beta Kappa Membership
  • 1996 Brown Faculty Scholar Award
  • 1994 Brown Francis Wayland Latin Prize