BA University of Oxford 2010
MSt University of Oxford 2013
My research interests lie somewhere in the intersection of early modern English literature, intellectual history, and book history. My dissertation, currently entitled 'Natural' Communication and Literary Production in England, 1570-1650, considers the relationship between the intellectual attitudes towards the four forms of 'natural' communication set out by Francis Bacon in The Advancement of Learning -- hieroglyphs, gestures (or, 'transitory hieroglyphics'), emblems, and imprese -- and certain forms of literary production in early modern England. Yoking an intellectual-historical/book-historical approach to the symbolic modes of the early modern period with close readings of literary texts, I ask how early modern writers such as Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Sir Philip Sidney might have experimented with literary production -- such as court masques, romances, and dumb-shows -- that was inspired by the hermeneutics of these various models for communication.
Alongside Richard Calis (History), I co-founded the Committee for the Study of Books and Media seminar series at Princeton, which hosts talks on various book historical topics. Past speakers include Ann Blair (Harvard), Zachary Lesser (UPenn), and Jeff Miller (Montclair State).