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  • Associate Professor of English


  • BA, Williams College, 1992
  • MA, UCLA, 1995
  • PhD, UCLA, 1999


My scholarly work focuses on the late Middle Ages. I am especially interested in the way texts shape people's self-understanding; it's one of the central concerns of my 2007 book, Looking Inward:  Devotional Reading and the Private Self in Late Medieval England. I started to work on devotional literature because it was apparently the primary reading interest of medieval women, and I wanted to understand their inner world a little bit better. Working on devotional texts also brings me into contact with the fascinating period boundary we call the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance or Early Modern period. As someone living through paradigm-shifting technological and social changes myself, I am particularly interested in how the Protestant Reformation, the introduction of printed books, and myriad other cultural changes affected readers, writers, and texts. I cross this period boundary often in both my teaching and my scholarship.

Teaching Interests

  • Medieval European Literature
  • The English Renaissance
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • The History of the English Language.