For the past five years, I've been a graduate student at Harvard, where I read, study, and write about Romantic poetry and prose in a transatlantic context. My dissertation, "Confirmed Tranquility: Stoicism and Transatlantic Romanticism," examines the ways in which Stoicism became a subject of poetic reflection, ethical inquiry, and political debate in the Romantic period. While most of my work centers on British Romantic poetry, I'm also particularly interested in the transatlantic reception of Romanticism, its Enlightenment antecedents, and its environmental contours. I've taught a range of classes that follow genres and thematic threads from the long eighteenth-century to their more contemporary manifestations.
At Harvard, I'm a former coordinator of the English Department's Long Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium. For the past five years, I've helped first year students adjust to life in Cambridge as a Residential Proctor in Harvard Yard.
Originally from Indiana, I graduated from Middlebury College in 2006 and received a Master's Degree from Oxford University in 2007.
At the MLA Conference in Chicago, I am organizing a special session on "Wordsworth's Excursion at Two Hundred." Abstracts and info available here.
Francis Towne, View of Lake Coniston