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 research explores how changing views of religious worship practices in the aftermath of the English Reformation shaped the way Shakespeare and his contemporary writers conceptualized intimacy and erotic desire in their poetry. My first book project The Reformation of Desire: Poetry, Prayer, and Devotional Performance from Shakespeare to Milton is under invited revision from Oxford University Press. I am currently completing a second book project on cosmopolitan identity and the English Reformation, which explores the ways post-Reformed English and European society contended with new models for social and political inclusion--ones that were no longer tethered to national or religious identity. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Modern Philology, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900, Shakespeare Quarterly, Milton Studies, Multicultural Shakespeare, and Parergon.
I received my Ph.D. in English 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.