- Harvard University, Ph.D., English, 2003
- Girton College, University of Cambridge, M.A. 2001, B.A. Honors, English, 1996
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, PRIZES, GRANTS
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C. Fellowship, 2012-2013
- Council on Research, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Faculty Research Grant, 2013-2014, 2011-2012, Faculty Summer Research Grant, 2010-2011 Research Enabling Grant, 2008-9
- Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellowship, June-August 2009
- Humanities Consortium, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, September 2004-June 2005
- Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship, January-September 2004
- Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, Postdoctoral Fellowship, August 2003-January 2004
- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2002, 2000, 1999, Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2000-2001, Dexter Traveling Fellowship, 1999, English Prize Fellowship, 1997-8
- Charles and Julia Henry Fund, Cambridge, England, Henry Fellow at Harvard University, 1996-97
- University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, Charity Reeves Prize, Girton College, 1995, Lady Rosalind Carlisle Scholar, Girton College, 1995
(see Publications page)
- University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Assistant Professor, Department of English, July 2007-present
- University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities Collegiate Division, September 2005-June 2007
- “‘Verified by Experience’”: The Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics of Presence.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2014.
- “As if by Magic: Enchanted Transport in Romantic Literature.” Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. August 2013.
- “Like an Indian: The Pre-History of the Inner Stranger Trope.” Rethinking Enlightenment. The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. December 2012. (Invited lecture.)
- “Romantic Bubbles, Fictional Worlds.” Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. University of Cambridge. September 2012. (Invited lecture.)
- “The View from a Floating Island.” Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. August 2012.
- “That a Stone Will Fall.” The University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Annual Weissbourd Conference. May 2012.
- “Response to Ian Duncan, ‘Enlightenment Conjectural Anthropology and Romantic Novel Theory.’ Things: Material Cultures of the Long Eighteenth Century, Workshop I. The Huntington Library. April 2012. (Invited response.)
- “The Suspended Mind.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2012.
- “Flimsy Materials: Skepticism’s Virtual Reality.” Philosophical Questions, Literary Practices: Fiction and Form in the Long Eighteenth Century. The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. May 2011.
- “Wonder, Attention, and Absorption.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2010.
- “Mad Science, Sober Fiction: Baron Munchausen and Empiricist Invention.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2008.
- “Fictions and Lies in Baron Munchausen’s Narrative.” Southern California Eighteenth-Century Group. November 2007.
- “Rethinking the Real with Robinson Crusoe and David Hume.” Beyond Reasonable Doubt. Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. September 2007.
- “Fantastic Facts, Fantastic Fictions: Rethinking the Real with Robinson Crusoe and David Hume.” Invited talk, UCLA. February 2007.
- “Autobiography of a Liar: Fact and Fantasy in Baron Munchausen’s Narrative.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2006.
- “The Magic Circle: Superstition and Poetic Faith in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics.” The UCLA Humanities Consortium Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Series: Nations and Identities: The Secularization Thesis. April 2005.
- “‘This Strange Aerial Traveller’: The Castle in the Air as Virtual Transportation Device.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2005.
- “‘Digging a Little Deeper’: Mining for Fool’s Gold in the Enlightenment.” Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi su Descartes e Il Seicento. December 2004. (Invited talk.)
- “Unearthing a Forgotten Fortunate Finder: Forging Figures of Invention in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” The Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. May 2004.
- “The Projector, the Genius, and the Language of Literary Invention in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. March 2004.
- “Not Seeing is Believing: Willing Suspension of Disbelief in Eighteenth-Century Fiction.” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. December 2003.
- “Becoming the Bard: Shakespeare’s Ultimate Vanishing Act.” International Congress on the Enlightenment Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. August 2003.
- “Urban Pilgrims: Wandering the Metropolis in Eighteenth-Century London.” Cambridge Project for the Book Trust. September 2002.
- “The Urban Wonderland: Wandering London in the Eighteenth-Century City Diarist’s Imagination.” Goldsmiths College. July 2002.
- “Determining Character and Hatching Plots in the Early Realist Novel and Reality Television.” Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. April 2002.
- “Dangerous Emotions in David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. November 2001.
- “Hatching the Plot and Escaping Detection in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and CBS’s Survivor.” Harvard University. March 2001.
- “Hume’s Adventures in Fairy Land and Other Likely Stories.” Harvard University. March 1999.
- Assistant Professor, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Department of English
- Dissertation Committee Member for Alice Henton. Spring 2010-present.
- English 259. Studies in Criticism: Affect of Enlightenment. Fall 2013.
- English 10B. Literature in English, 1700-1850. Fall 2011.
- English 10B. English Literature, 1660 to 1832. Spring 2010, 2009, 2008.
- English 161C. The Novel in English to 1850. Spring 2014, Fall 2011.
- English 157. The Novel to 1832. Spring 2010, 2009, Winter 2008.
- English 181D. Specialized Studies in 18th-C. Literature: Novelty and the Novel. Winter 2010.
- English 182C. Topics in 18th-C. Literature: Theory of Fiction. Spring 2014.
- English 143. Milton. Winter 2010, 2009.
- English 89 HC. The Poetry of James Thomson. Spring 2009; Kingship in Paradise Regained.
- Winter 2009; Gothic Conventions in The Mysteries of Udolpho and Northanger Abbey. Spring 2008.
- English 198A and 198B. The Bible in the Letters and Poems of John Keats. 2011-12.
- Women, Agency, and Society in Sense and Sensibility and the Quran. 2008-9.
- Freshman Cluster Program
- General Education 21 B: History of Modern Thought. Winter 2014.
- Collegiate Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Reading Cultures: Collection, Travel, Exchange. January 2006-June 2007
- Lecturer, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- English 157. The Novel to 1832. Winter 2004
- Teaching Fellow & Tutor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self. 2002, 2000
- Major British Writers I. 1999, 2000, 2001
- Modern American Fiction. 1999
- Junior and Senior Tutorials. 1999-2002
- UCLA Department of English: Undergraduate Committee, 2011-2012, Executive Committee, 2009-2010
- UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, Faculty Advisory Committee, 2013-2014, Core Committee for Graduate Certificate in Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2013-2014, Committee to Select a Visiting Fellow in History of the Material Text, 2013, Fellowship Committee, 2008-2012
- UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Graduate Student Travel Grant Committee, 2008
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Peer Reviewer for Fordham University Press, 2013
- Panelist, Women in Academia panel, University of California, Riverside, May 2013
- Invited participant, “Knowing Affect” workshop, King’s College, University of Cambridge, England, March 2013
- Invited participant, “Indisciplines of Enlightenment” seminar, University of California, Berkeley, July 2012
- Co-organizer, "Philosophical Questions, Literary Practices: Fiction and Form in the Long
- Eighteenth Century." Conference at UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, May 2011
- Panelist, UCLA Department of English Graduate Union Conferences Panel, 2011
- Faculty Advisor, UCLA Department of English C18th / Romantic Working Group, 2010-present
- Panelist, UCLA Department of English C18th / Romantic Working Group Pedagogy Panel, 2010
- Co-organizer, UCLA Humanities Consortium Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows
- Conference, “The Secularization Thesis,” May 2005
- Contributor, The Literary Encyclopedia, entries on Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his
- Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia and “Rudolf Erich Raspe”
- 2004 Coordinator, Eighteenth-Century British Literature Colloquium, Harvard University, 2002-3
- Reader for Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature