I am a PhD candidate in English at Harvard University. My research centers on the relation between self-formation and literary form in nineteenth-century Britain. My dissertation, The Practice of Form: Arts of Life in Victorian Literature, argues that the creative enterprises of poets, prose stylists, and fin-de-siècle aesthetes were also vehicles of their self-development. I read the literature of this period as a mode of action, a habit of production, and a method of self-creation, and I show how authors like Alfred Lord Tennyson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Walter Pater, and Oscar Wilde used art to make their  lives responsive to the shaping power of literary form. 
I received both my B.A. Hons. and my M.A. from the University of Toronto. At Harvard, I have taught a range of courses from undergraduate tutorials to graduate seminars, and I have received a number of awards, including the Francis James Child Prize for excellence in teaching and the Bowdoin Prize for the best graduate essay in the humanities. I am currently a Departmental Teaching Fellow at the Bok Center and am a regular contributor to the Bok Blog. With the generous support of the Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, I have been a fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center and a pre-doctoral visiting scholar at the Academy of Arts and Sciences.