Upcoming Events:

I will attend NAVSA 19, and deliver a paper entitled “Rereading Rape in Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Or, the Costs of Adjudicative Criticism.”

(Relatively Recent) Past Events:


I organized and chaired a panel at ASECS 2019 entitled “Early Incels: the Legacy of Eighteenth-Century Misogyny.” Read the call for papers here.

I spoke on the “50 Years of Richardson” Roundtable at ASECS 2019, delivering a paper entitled “The Novel That Never Ends.”

I co-organized a special session for MLA 2019 entitled “Theorizing the New Rape Studies” with Doreen Thierauf. I’ll be talking about my critique of the critical practice I call “adjudicative reading.” Read a full description here.


I was honored to be invited to speak at the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU) as part of their yearly Innovation Exchange. The topic was #metoo. You can check out video of the event here.

I organized and spoke on a roundtable for the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting (NWSA) 2018 entitled “Imagine a World Without Rape.”


I spoke on “The Origins of the Rape-As-Aberration Plot,” at the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting (ASECS) in Orlando, FL.

I spoke on “Teaching the Literature of Sexual Violence in the Ear of the Trigger Warning,” at NWSA 2017 in Baltimore, MD. My talk was covered by Inside Higher Ed.

I delivered a paper entitled “Is Mr. Darcy a Rake? (And Other Questions about Austen’s Seductions),” at ASECS 2017.

 I organized and presented on a panel entitled “Daring Second Glances: Rereading the Rape Narrative,” for the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). My paper was called “‘Clarissa Lives’: Rape and Epistemology in Clarissa.”

 I organized and presented on a special session at MLA entitled “Framing the Rape Victim in the Long Nineteenth Century” which invited feminist theorist Carine Mardorossian (author of Framing the Rape Victim: Gender and Agency Reconsidered) to respond to applications of her theory to the literature of the nineteenth century.

Contact me for more information about any of these events, or a full list of engagements.

Image: Alice Liddell as Pomona, by Julia Margaret Cameron. Via the Met Museum.