I am a tenure-track assistant professor of English literature in the division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), a new university founded in collaboration with MIT. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Modern Philology, SEL Studies in English Literature, Shakespeare Quarterly, Milton Studies, Multicultural Shakespeare, and Parergon.
My first book Devotional Experience and Erotic Knowledge in the Literary Culture of the English Reformation is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in late 2022. My first book explores how Calvinist soteriology and a new interest in experiential popular divinity shaped the way Shakespeare, Herrick, Donne, Greville, and Milton conceptualized intimacy, devotional access, and desire in their poetry -- both to God and to earthly lovers.
I have recently completed a second book project about cosmopolitan identity after the European Reformation in early modern England and the Dutch Republic. In my second book, I argue that the Reformation provided new ways of thinking about social and political inclusion—ones that were no longer tethered to national or religious identity. My recent scholarly interest centers on early modern European travel accounts about East Asia, which chronicle journeys to places such as China, Java, Bali, Bantam, Chiang Mai, and Myanmar. I'm currently working on two articles about Shakespeare and English, Dutch, and Portuguese travel accounts about journeys to China and Southeast Asia in Richard Hakluyt's Principal Navigations, and another article project about Presbyterian theology and Scottish travels to the Ryukyu Kingdom (contemporary Okinawa). I'm also at work on an article project on Calvinist experiential theology and "ocular proof" in Othello.
I received my PhD in English language and literature from Harvard. I have a B.A in classical studies and English literature from the University of Chicago, and a M.St. in early modern British literature from Oxford.
Before coming to SUTD, I spent a year away from academia and worked as director of communication and development at a nonprofit focused on high impact giving targeting global poverty initiatives.