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Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor


Queen’s University, Canada, BA, BEd

University of Nebraska, MA, PhD

Areas of Specialty

Interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies

Victorian and early 20th-century British literature and culture

Women’s and gender studies


The Novel

George Eliot's life and literature

Digital Humanities

Courses Regularly Taught

English Authors after 1800

Introduction to Literature

Honors Seminar

Introduction to English Studies

Twentieth-Century Fiction

Independent Directed Reading

Introduction to Women's Literature

Survey of Women's Literature

Women in Pop Culture

Editing and the Publishing Industry

Internship in English

Literary Biography: George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath

Editor of the George Eliot Review Online  and the George Eliot Archive.
Advisor of UNL's student chapter of ACES: The Society for Editing 
Also completing a revisionist biography of George Eliot.

Awards and Honors

2018-19 and 2016-17 ENHANCE CAS faculty research grants

Nominated for university-wide Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in 2017 and 2018.

Robert L. Hough Distinguished Teaching Award for Lecturers, 2015, Department of English, UNL.

Mentor for 15 undergraduate research assistants (UCARE grant recipients) to date

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and the UNL Parents’ Association Contribution to Students Award, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Selected Presentations and Publications

British Poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century: A Selection for College Students, Ed. Beverley Park Rilett, Lincoln, NE: The Folks Publishing, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-365-92582-5

“George Eliot in Romantic Biofiction.” American Book Review
 Vol. 39, No. 1, November/December 2017, pp. 15-30.

“The Role of George Henry Lewes in George Eliot’s Career: A Reconsideration.” George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, Vol. 69, No. 1 (2017), 2-34. JSTOR.

"George Henry Lewes, the Real Man of Science behind Eliot's Fictional Pedants." George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, Vol. 68, No. 1 (2016), 4-24. JSTOR.

“Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot’s Response to Walt Whitman.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 31 (2014), 69-97.

"'Lifting the Veil' on the Psychological Mimesis of Eliot's Most Sensational Story"
                 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
                 (NCSA) Lincoln, Nebraska, April 2016.

“George Eliot's Master Narrative of Marital Violence”
                 Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA)
                 Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 2014.

“How Thomas Huxley Helped to Create George Eliot’s Casaubon and Proteus Merman”
                  North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
                  Pasadena, CA, October 2013.

“George Henry Lewes’s Packaging of George Eliot: From Moral Insurgent to Moral Sage”
                  37th-annual European Studies Conference
                  University of Nebraska-Omaha, October 2013.

“Earthy Sensuality versus Natural Reticence: Why George Eliot and the Victorian Literary Establishment Renounced Walt Whitman”
                  6th annual International Walt Whitman Symposium
                  Pobierowo, Poland, June 2012.

“Biography or Not Biography?: Leslie Stephen’s Mausoleum Book and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse
                  36th-annual European Studies Conference
                  University of Nebraska-Omaha, October 2012.