I joined the faculty at Booth University College in July 2015 as Assistant Professor of English Literature. Before arriving at Booth I studied for a PhD in English and Book History at the University of Toronto, where I was also graduate fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College. Before that I lived in Winnipeg where I completed a B.A. at the Canadian Mennonite University and an M.A. at the University of Manitoba.
While my teaching at Booth necessarily ranges broadly, covering topics as diverse as Media Studies, Science Fiction, Literary and Cultural Theory, and Canadian Fiction (to name just a few recent courses), my scholarship focuses on the literary and intellectual history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, often in connection with the broader European religious and political movements that directly impacted the period’s literary production. Besides working on articles like “Stupid Milton” and “Spenser’s Earnest Plea for Irony,” I am currently writing a book based on my dissertation, “Poetry and the Pursuit of Consensus in Reformation England,” which looks at the figure of the poet-prophet in works by Skelton, Tyndale, Spenser, Sidney, Herbert, and Milton, in relation to one of the central problems in early modern religion and politics: sectarianism. Other areas of interest include the history of literary and cultural theory, especially recent theories of “post-critical” reading, as well as print and manuscript culture, devotional reading, and the biblical tradition.