I am a writer and teacher based at Harvard University. Currently, I teach in the History and Literature Program, an interdisciplinary program for advanced undergraduates.
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, reviews, and essays. My work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. Much of my writing, including some print articles, can be found online; I'm happy to send clips of anything not available.
I graduated from Harvard's doctoral program in English in May of 2015. My dissertation, "State-Funded Fictions: the NEA and the Making of American Literature After 1965," argued 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 graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English in 2007.