I am a writer and academic based at Harvard University. Currently, I teach in the Expository Writing Program and in the History and Literature Program at Harvard University. In my writing class, "War Stories," freshmen learn the principles of academic writing as they probe questions about violence, patriotism, and national memory. In the History and Literature Program, I teach tutorials, in which I work closely with juniors and seniors studying American literature and history.
My current book project is a group biography of five women writers and artists who met at the Radcliffe Institute in the early 1960s. In The Equivalents, I tell the story of this remarkable friend group, the art it produced, and the feminist movement it galvanized. The book will be published by Knopf in 2019.
I also write literary criticism, reviwers, and essays. My work has appeared in n+1, The New Republic, Dissent, and the New Yorker's "Page-Turner," among other publications. Much of my writing, includig some print articles, can be found online; I'm happy to send clips of anything not available.
My dissertation, "State-Funded Fictions: the NEA and the Making of American Literature After 1965," argues that federal grant funding for American writers reshaped American literary production and redefined literary value in the years after 1965. A version of one of my chapters was published American Literary History in Winter 2014. I defended the dissertation in May of 2015 and received my PhD.
I graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English in 2007.