Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Director
Ph.D., English, Princeton University, 2003
M.A., English, Princeton University, 1998
M.A., English, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
B.A., English & Philosophy, magna cum laude, Wheaton College, 1994
Medieval and early modern women writers; the Reformation; republicanism and the English revolution; prophecy, mysticism and heresy trials; the politics of reading.
WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar
English 250-British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance
English 236-The Bible as Literature
English 316-Renaissance Literature: the 16th Century
English 326-Seventeenth-Century Poetry
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 110-Romance and Mysticism
Seminar and Capstone Topics
Trials, Torture, and the Truth
The Damned: Hell from Virgil to Milton
Writers and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England
Senior Research and Writing: The Memoir
Heresy Trials and English Women Writers, 1400-1670. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Selected Articles and Chapters
"Heresy Inquisition and Authorship, 1400-1560." The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England. Ed. Mary C. Flannery and Katie L. Walter. Westfield Medieval Studies: Boydell and Brewer, 2013. 130-45.
"Barbara Constable's Advice for Confessors and the Tradition of Medieval Holy Women." The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800 - Communities, Culture and Identity. Ed. Caroline Bowden and James Kelley. Ashgate Press, 2013: 123-138.
"Heresies." Cambridge Shakespeare Encyclopedia, Vol I: Shakespeare's World. Ed. Bruce Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
"Stepping into the Pulpit? Women's Preaching in The Book of Margery Kempe and The Examinations of Anne Askew." Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages. Ed. Linda Olson and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 2005. 459-82.
"Still Martyred After All These Years: Generational Suffering in Milton's Areopagitica." English Literary History 70.4 (2004).
Work In Progress
Medieval and Seventeenth-Century Women Mystics.