Carnegie Mellon University

Professor of English


My research has focused on the British Romantic and Victorian periods, print history, and the sociology of culture.  I have recently published a book on the emergence of new fields of knowledge in the early nineteenth century, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge University Press, Fall 2013). At present I am working on the historical relationship of so-called "new" and "old" media in a project on book history, the long nineteenth century, and the current debates around new media and digital humanities. I am also author of The Making of English Reading Audiences, 1790-1832, and related essays on Romantic-age cultural and media history, and in recent years I have edited A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age for Blackwell and contributed to a wide range of article collections and reference books.


  • Ph.D., UCLA,
  • MA, UCLA
  • BA, Pitzer College

Selected Publications

"Remediating the Art Controversy:  Print and Art Authorship in the Nineteenth Century" in Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society, ed. Richard Howells, Andreea Ritivoi, and Judith Scachter (New York: Palgrave, 2012). 

"Configuring Romanticism and Print Culture:  The Making of English Reading Audiences in Retrospect," European Romantics Review (2012).

"Wild Bibliography: The Rise and Fall of Book History in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Bookish Histories: Literature and Commercial Modernity 1700-1850, ed. Ina Ferris and Paul Keen (New York: Palgrave, 2009).

"Discriminations, or Romantic Cosmopolitanism in London," in Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840, eds. James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006).

Curriculum Vita