I received my PhD from Johns Hopkins University and joined the English department here at Case Western Reserve in 2013. My research and teaching focus on British literature from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and drama. I’m particularly interested in theories of performance, genre studies, literature and religion, literature and science, and biopolitics.
My article “‘This is called mortifying of a fox:’ Volpone and How to Get Rich Quick By Dying Slowly” appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly. My current book project, Last Acts: the Arts of Dying, the Good Deathbed and the Early Modern Stage, investigates the relationship between Artes Moriendi (devotional manuals providing advice on how to die as a good Christian) and theatrical death scenes in plays by Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Cyril Tourneur, and John Webster. These texts, I argue, encourage us think of dying as something we do as well as something we suffer. By attending to them, we can theorize embodied performance in new ways and track shifting understandings of interactions between individuals, collectives, and the universe.