- Ph.D. English Literature, University of California, Riverside. 1997 Fields: Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature, Colonialism and Post-Coloniality, Daniel Defoe. Dissertation: Bows Without Arrows: The Role of ‘Native Agency’ in the Travel Narratives of Daniel Defoe and Other English Texts 1668-1790 (viii, 324 leaves) 1997.
- M.A. in English Literature, University of California, Riverside. 1993. Fields: Medieval and Renaissance Drama, Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature
- B.A. in English, cum laude, University of California, Riverside.1991. Minor: Classical Studies
Principal Research Interests
Nature serves as much more than mere setting in literature. For example, during the long eighteenth century (1660-1815), the environment functioned as both object and subject of Enlightenment inquiry, which in turn informed the production of cultural texts, written, performed, and visual. Awareness of environmental degradation is not a 20th or 21st century development. English authors writing during the 17th and 18th centuries commented on the problems of pollution and resource scarcity. They also contemplated how human identity is distinguished from, and intersects with, the animals that they both relied upon and feared.
While ecocritics have traditionally neglected the long eighteenth century, and period scholars have marginalized environmental discourse, particularly that articulating a sense of scarcity or crisis within nature, recently, the potential for a mutualistic symbiosis between ecocriticism and pre-Romantic studies has begun to be identified. My goal is to contribute to this stream of scholarship, particularly by producing close readings of texts, by authors such as John Donne, Margaret Cavendish, Mary Barber, and Daniel Defoe, through an ecocritical lens. I am at the early stages of a book project entitled, "'Wit From Nature's Store: Reading Texts for/of Environmental Consciousness, 1653-1734."
Academic Interests/Research Area:
- Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century British Literature
- Ecocriticism, the study of cultural representations of nature
- Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries
- Rise of the Novel and Working Class Poets
- Biblical Literature
- Helene Koon Memorial Prize, Honorable Mention for research by a junior faculty member. Western Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (February 2002).
- Dissertation Research Fellowship, UC Riverside (1996-1997).
- Resident Fellowship at the Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside (Spring 1996).
- “’A Vast Howling Wilderness: The Persistence of Space and Placelessness in Daniel Defoe’s Captain Singleton” (Book chapter). Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Daniel Defoe. Kit Kincaid, Katherine Ellison, and Holly Faith Nelson, eds. AMS Studies in the Eighteenth Century, No 69. AMS Press, 2014.
- “John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 10: ‘Batter my heart, three personed God’" (Journal article). The Explicator. 68:3 (July-September 2010). 155-158.
- “Monarchs, Morality, and English Nationalism in the Comedies of Etherege, Steele, and Sheridan” (Journal article). Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theatre Research 24:1 (Summer 2009). 31-46.