Assistant Professor of English
Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
BioI specialize in Renaissance literature as it relates to questions of politics, law, international political thought, and intellectual history.
My current book project investigates Renaissance literature’s complex and often-neglected contributions to the history of international law by reading Renaissance poets including Shakespeare, Donne, Grotius, and Milton in the dual contexts of literary history and the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century formation of international law.
Additional interests include rhetoric, historical poetics, and digital humanities. Before arriving at CMU in 2010, I was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago.
I teach various courses in Renaissance Studies for the English BA, for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literary and Cultural Studies, and for the interdisciplinary Global Studies major. I am also involved in the Pittsburgh Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium (PCMRS).
EducationBA in English, Dartmouth College, 1999
MA in English, Georgetown University, 2003
DPhil English, Oxford University, 2008
“John Milton and the Epochs of International Law,” European Journal of International Law 24 (2013). 557-581.
“Gentili, the Poets, and the Laws of War.” The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations: Alberico Gentili and the Justice of Empire, eds. Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann (Oxford: OUP, 2011). 146-162.
“O Brave New World: Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' turns 400 tomorrow,” Op-Ed, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 31 Oct. 2011.
“Hobbes’ Thucydides and the Colonial Law of Nations,” The Seventeenth Century, 24.2,October 2009. 260-286.
“Samson and the Chorus of Dissent.” Uncircumscribed Mind: Reading Milton Deeply, Eds. Kristin A. Pruitt and Charles W. Durham. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2008. 276-291.
“When Self-Preservation Bids: Approaching Milton, Hobbes, and Dissent,” English Literary Renaissance, 37.1, Winter 2007. 118-150.
“Thomas Hobbes,” in Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Gen. Eds. Garrett Sullivan and Alan Stewart, Asst. Eds., Rebecca Lemon, Nicholas McDowell and Jennifer Richards.
Selected Undergraduate and Graduate Course TitlesAngels and Diplomats: Renaissance Poetry from Wyatt to Milton
The Global Renaissance
Law, Culture, and the Humanities
Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: The Early Modern Social Network