I study landscape perception and the function of place in early insular literature (especially Irish, Welsh, and English), ecocriticism, and connections between Anglo-Saxon England and early medieval Ireland and Wales. My dissertation, “Echoes of Early Irish Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes,” focused on connections between the representation of nature and the landscape in the literature of Anglo-Saxon England and that of early Ireland. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anglo-Saxon England, English Studies, Arthuriana, Studia Celtica Fennica, and the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, as well as several edited collections. I am co-editing two volumes of essays, one on the legacy of Boethius in medieval England (forthcoming with ACMRS) and the other on the works of Gerald of Wales (forthcoming with the University of Wales Press).
I have taught a wide variety of courses in the English and Celtic departments, as well as the Program in General Education, including The History of the English Language, Old English, Celtic Mythology, and a survey of English literature from Beowulf to Milton, among others. I have won multiple teaching awards, including The Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates in 2012 and Harvard University Certificates of Distinction in Teaching every semester that I have taught. I am currently holding a position as Lecturer of Medieval Literature in the English Department.
I have co-organized several conferences (including The Harvard Celtic Colloquium, The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment, Collaborations: A Celebration of the Career of Joseph Harris, Revisiting the Legacy of Boethius in the Middle Ages, and New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts) and lecture series (including The Harvard English Department Medieval Colloquium and the Harvard Celtic Graduate Workshop). I have served as the curator of the Fred Norris Robinson Celtic Seminar Library and as a Harvard University Fellow in the Digital Humanities.