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Recently, I received my PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago's Nineteenth Century Studies Program. I also hold a Master's Degree in English from LUC with a concentration in Early Modern Drama and a BA in English and History from the University of Georgia. 

In 2016 I co-founded The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society (LUCVS) and its Day Conference with fellow Victorian Ph.D students in the English Department. From 2016-2017 I taught two sections of freshman writing pedagogy at LUC. In spring 2019, I originated and taught an undergraduate course at LUC on class in the Victorian novel and another in spring 2020 on 19th century race, manners, and cultural encounters, which moved online due to COVID-19.​

​Areas of interest include Digital Humanities, Textual Studies, the English Novel, and Nineteenth-Century Race and Gender.


Overview of Courses

As instructor of record

ENGL 273: "Manners, Race, and Cultural Encounters"

13 January - 1 May 2020

In this writing-intensive course, which moved online in March due to COVID-19, students read 19th century works on race and manners by diverse and Anglophone authors, conducted database and online research into subjects from the reading, and learned methods to improve professional writing skills.

ENGL 273: "Class in the Victorian Novel"

15 January - 3 May 2019

Besides close-reading and discussing several novels depicting class tensions, such as Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend (1865) and Wilkie Collins's The New Magdalen (1871), students learned how to conduct primary and secondary source research, update Wikipedia pages, and improve their academic writing skills.

UCWR 110-037: "Writing Responsibly"

17 January - 5 May 2017

While learning how to read, critique, and respond to academic writing on various social, political, and cultural topics, freshmen mastered several kinds of academic essays, including Close Reading, Rhetorical Analysis, Synthesis, and Research.

UCWR 110-054 "Writing Responsibly"

30 August - 15 December 2016

While learning how to read, critique, and respond to academic writing on various social, political, and cultural topics, freshmen mastered several kinds of academic essays, including Close Reading, Rhetorical Analysis, Synthesis, and Research.


Recent Publications

"What Charles Dickens Never Said: Verifying Internet 'Quotes' and Accessing the Works with Online Resources." Dickens Quarterly, volume 37, number 3, 249-263.

September 2020

Revealing that many popular quotes attributed to Charles Dickens online are fakes or incorrectly recalled, this article includes multiple online resources for verifying and citing dubious quotes.

Review: Reading Dickens Differently. Dickens Quarterly, volume 37, number 2, pp. 192-195.

June 2020

Review of a recent anthology on new interpretations of Charles Dickens by Leon Litvack and Nathalie Vanfasse.

Review: “Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, volume 20, issue 1, article no.6. URL: https://ir.uiowa.edu/ijcs/vol20/iss1/7/

June 2020

Review of Deborah A. Thomas's recent book about the Tivoli Gardens incident and the colonial history of Jamaica.

“‘A horrid female waterman’: The Contentious Legacy of Grace Darling in Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.” Dickens and Women Re-observed. Edited by Edward Guiliano. Edward Everett Root Publishers Co. Ltd.

May 2020

Lizzie Hexam's character in Dickens's novel is revealed to be a reflection on societal responses to the "unfeminine" rowing rescue in 1838 of working-class Victorian shipwreck heroine Grace Horsley Darling.

​“The Devastating Impact of Lord Wharton’s Bible Charity in Wuthering Heights.”  Edited by Deborah Logan. Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. No. 134, pp. 234-249.

Fall 2018

Since 1695, the Lord Wharton Bible Charity has bestowed distinctive Bibles and two religious books to Yorkshire children able to recite certain Psalms and the catechism. Evidence for the Brontë siblings’ familiarity with the charity’s project includes their respective literary criticism of the misuse of rote Scriptural memorization and quoting and the presence of two Wharton Bibles owned by the Brontës in the Brontë Parsonage Museum Library. Descriptions of the charity’s project appear in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847), representing the catalyst for Catherine and Heathcliff’s growing alienation and resistance to Christianity.

“Tweeting Tippins: Using Digital Media to Recreate Our Mutual Friend’s Serialization." The Dickens Quarterly, vol. 35, issue 2, pp. 149-158.

June 2018

Recently, the University of Birkbeck’s digital serialization of Dickens’ late novel Our Mutual Friend (May 2014-Nov 2015) represented a modern “update” of the original reading experience. While simultaneously providing the original source text, the project innovatively brought immediacy and cultural relevancy to the characters’ original personalities and peculiarities through tweets containing a blend of textual references, anachronistic hashtags and wit, and historical fact. These tweets were then collected through the social network service Storify, narrated as a cohesive storyline, and emailed to participants. By exploring my own involvement in the project – tweeting as the ravishing temptress Lady Tippins and authoring September 2014’s blog post – I demonstrate how such a project incorporating and adapting various media platforms and apps can revitalize contemporary interest in Charles Dickens’ novels, promote interdisciplinary exchange, and even recapture part of the initial excitement and anticipation experienced by Dickens’ first readers.

​​​"The Juvenile and the Erudite: A Study of the Marginalia in Newberry Case Y 12.T219." JMMLA, vol. 50, no. 2, pp.11-29. 

Fall 2017

Early Modern readers could utilize a printed book to promote literacy, practice penmanship, reinforce social standing, and, finally, as an aid for developing educational and moral learning. The marginalia done by two hands within Newberry Case Y12.T219, also known as the Duke of Roxburghe’s copy of All the Workes of John Taylor (1630), provides clues as to the identity of the marginalia-writers and demonstrates how multiple generations could engage with such a volume, Robert Ker by emotionally responding to its textual themes and using the object as a base for letter-writing, while his grandson William Drummond idly copied its illustrations and modified its text. Furthermore, I argue that the distinctive eighteenth-century Roxburghe rebinding increased its value well beyond that of the folio text itself, causing it to be prized by subsequent owners as a rare object signifying their own prestige, intellectualism, and distinguished connection to the literary world. Finally, I deduce this book’s subsequent genealogy after the Roxburghe sale. Based on my findings, I postulate one avenue through which Ohio hardware tycoon Henry Probasco located and acquired this book and possibly other works in his six thousand–volume collection now permanently housed in Chicago’s Newberry Library (est. 13 April 1892).