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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
Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, UNL
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Loughborough University, UK, May 2019
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 Mentor 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 Publications

“‘What do I think of glory?’: Reading and Re-reading George Eliot’s Middlemarch.” My Victorian Novel, Ed. Annette Federico, University of Missouri Press, Forthcoming 2019. 

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. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/186/

“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. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/165/

“Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot’s Response to Walt Whitman.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 31 (2014), 69-97. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/164/

Selected Presentations

“George Eliot in Biography: A Bicentenary Tribute” Invited keynote lecturer for the conference “Queen Victoria and George Eliot: Lives and Afterlives, 1819-2019,” Loughborough University, England. May 2019. 

“Digital George Eliot” Invited plenary lecture (1 of 3) for the Alliance of Literary Society’s Annual Meeting, Nuneaton, England, May 2019.

“Reassessing the Transatlantic Epistolary Friendship of George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference (roundtable), St. Petersburg, FL, October 2018.

“What’s Taught in Editing Classes and What Should Be.” Annual national conference of ACES: The Society for Editing. St. Petersburgh, FL, March, 2017.

“The George Eliot Review Digitization Project: A Transatlantic Collaboration"  Invited lecture at the Annual Lecture of the George Eliot Fellowship in Nuneaton, England, October, 2016.

“‘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.