Assistant Professor of English and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois honors program, Fisk University, January 2016 to present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Rollins College, May 2012 to December, 2015
Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2012
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2009
B.A., Mathematics and English, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 2005
AWARDS and HONORS
Fulbright Program Advisor Development Initiative, 2017
Faculty Instructional Technology Integration Grant, Rollins College, 2014–15
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar: Performing Dickens. Santa Cruz, California, 2014
Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar for Liberal Arts College Faculty: Constructing Childhood in Words and Pictures. National Humanities Center, North Carolina, 2014
Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES), 2011–12
Mellon Summer Dissertation Seminar: Poetics and Modern Emotion, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2011
Outstanding T.A. Award, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2012
Brett Baxley Gosnell Prize for Mentoring First-Year Writing, University of Virginia, 2011
WORKS IN PROGRESS
A Companion to 19th-Century British Children’s Literature (under contract with McFarland & Co., forthcoming 2022)
Disney’s Victorians: Literary History in a the Age of Corporate Media. Book manuscript in progress.
The Legacy of the Moral Tale: Children’s Literature and the English Novel, 1744-1859 (University of Tennessee Press, 2016). The book documents the importance of children’s tales to the history of the novel. After tracing the origins of the moral tale from the mid-eighteenth century into the Romantic period, I show how Victorian writers like Charles Dickens incorporated the conventions of these tales into their own fictions. The Victorians grew up reading moral tales, and that childhood reading helps explain the imitative, didactic relationship that many Victorian novelists aim to create with their readers. The book has been reviewed in The Victorian Web, Studies in the Novel, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Modern Philology.
Chapters and Articles
“Social Networking with the Victorians.” In Teaching Victorian Literature in the 21st Century, editors Laurence Mazzeno and Jen Cadwallader (Palgrave, 2017)
“After Dickens World: Performing Victorians at the Chatham Docks.” Neo-Victorian Studies 9.1 (2016)
“Dickens, Disney, Oliver, & Company.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 41.2 (Summer 2016)
“The Words Students Need and How They Can Learn Them: Teaching Literary Vocabulary in the Twenty-First Century.” Pedagogy 16.2 (Spring 2016)
“The Rise of the Moral Tale: The Governess, Children’s Literature, and the Novel.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 46.4 (Summer 2013)
“‘The Delight of our Earlier Days’: Childhood, Narrative, and The Village School.” Journal of Narrative Theory 43.1 (Winter 2013)
“William Fulford, ‘The Set,’ and The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine.” Victorian Periodicals Review 45.3 (Fall 2012)
Streaky Bacon: A Guide to Victorian Adaptations. Launched in spring 2016, the curated website publishes short essays on Victorian adaptations. I am a founding editor of the site, and wrote the introductory essay about the theory behind it.
The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine for 1856. A documentary edition, including transcriptions, page images, and an introduction to each issue and to each entry. Published in The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: a Hypermedia Archive. Jerome J. McGann, general editor. August 2008.
Ruth Y. Jenkins, Victorian Children’s Literature: Experiencing Abjection, Empathy, and the Power of Love (2016). The Lion and the Unicorn 41.3 (September 2017)
Thomas Leitch, Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age (2014). Pedagogy 16.3 (2016)
Marc Napolitano, Oliver!: A Dickensian Musical (2014). Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film 42.2 (2015)
Catherine Robson, Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem (2012). Review 19, February 2013.
Juliet John, Dickens and Mass Culture (2010). Review 19, July 2011.
Review essay, Anna Jackson, Karen Coats, and Roderick McGillis, eds., The Gothic in Children’s Literature (2008) and Jarlath Killeen, The History of the Gothic (2009). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 35:2 (2010)
Marilyn Pemberton, Enchanted Ideologies: A Collection of Rediscovered Nineteenth-Century Moral Fairy Tales (2009). Review 19, March 2010.
RECENT and UPCOMING ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS
“Mermaids, Snow Queens, and Changing Perceptions of H. C. Andersen.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 2018
Co-presenter, “Creating a Local Honors Consortium,” National Collegiate Honors Council, Atlanta, GA, November 2017
“Nation, Copyright, and Sexuality in H. C. Andersen.” Victorians Institute, Greenville, SC, October 2017
“Gags, Feature Films, and Phantom Adaptations: Mary Pickford’s Alice in Wonderland.” Narrative, Lexington, KY, March 2017
“Animating Alice: Corporate Form, Corporate History.” Victorians Institute, Raleigh, NC, October 2016
“Cartooning Dickens: History and Adaptation in the Disney Archives.” Dickens Society, Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2016
“Corporate History and Literary History.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Asheville, NC, March 2016
“Through the Disney Archives and the Alice Found There.” Dickens Universe, Santa Cruz, CA, July 2015
“Victorian Vogue and Disney’s Alice.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2015
Public discussion leader and organizer, Frankenreads project. Nashville, October 2018.
V21 Summer Reading Group, hosted at Fisk University and including scholars from universities in Tennessee, Alabama, and Arizona. Nashville, summer, 2018.
“Inside Wikipedia.” Professor to Professor Series, Rollins College, March 2015
Guest Judge, Shakespeare Competition, The English-Speaking Union, Winter Park, FL, February 2015
“Dickens’s Christmas, from Childhood to the Stage.” Invited lecture, Orange County Public Library, December 2014
“World’s fairs help us appreciate history and imagine the future.” Orlando Sentinel, August 28, 2014
“Dickens, Disney, Oliver, and Company.” Invited lecture, Orange County Public Library, August 2014 (watch an edited recording here)
Actor (Bradley Headstone), OMFG: A Dickensian Musical Farce, Dickens Universe, Santa Cruz, CA, August 2014
“Literature more essential than ever as Shakespeare turns 450.” Orlando Sentinel, April 23, 2014
“Harry Potter phenomenon is gone with the proverbial wind,” Orlando Sentinel, May 12, 2013