Department of Literature
American University
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Washington, DC 20016-8047 • (202) 885-2935


Assistant Professor of Literature, American University                                              2016-
Assistant Professor of English, National University of Singapore                             2013-2016
Lecturer in English, University of California-Los Angeles                                          2012-2013


PhD     English, University of California-Los Angeles                                                  2012
MA      English, University of California-Los Angeles                                                  2007
BA       English (Highest Honors), University of California-Berkeley                        2004         Highest Distinction in General Scholarship


Book Manuscript in Preparation

Erotic Negativity: Art, Sex, and the Queer Subject of Victorian Aestheticism

Journal Articles

  • “E.M. Forster, the Clapham Sect, and the Secular Public Sphere,” Journal of Modern Literature 39.1 (2015), 19-37.
  • “Negative Eroticism: Lyric Performativity and the Sexual Subject in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Portrait of Mr. W.H.’,” ELH 80.2 (2013), 597-626.
  • “Unsettling the Normative: Articulations of Masculinity in Victorian Literature and Culture,” Literature Compass 7.12 (2010), 1077-88.
  • “‘Parents of the Mind’: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Aesthetics of Productive Masculinity,” Studies in Romanticism 48.3 (2009), 423-46.
  • “Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism: Euphuism, Negativity, and Genre in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean,” Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism (formerly the Pater Newsletter), 55/56 (2009), 31-49.

Book Chapters

  • “Beyond Heterosexuality: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Aesthetic Masculinity” in Called to Civil Existence: Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ed. Enit Steiner (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013).

Book Reviews

  • Sara Lyons, Algernon Swinburne and Walter Pater: Victorian Aestheticism, Doubt and Secularisation, Review of English Studies 68.284 (2017), 392-4.
  • Matthew Potolsky, The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community, Nineteenth-Century Literature 68.4 (2014), 542-6.
  • Heather Love’s Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History and Michael D. Snediker’s Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions, Textual Practice 24.1 (2010), 275-82.
  • Heike Bauer, English Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion, 1860-1930, Review 19 (2009),

Other Publications

  • “Walter Pater,” in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, ed. Michael Ryan (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011), 373-6.


American University

  • Start-up Funding for New Faculty                                                                          2016-2018

National University of Singapore

  • Nominee for Annual Teaching Excellence Award                                              2015
  • Start-Up Grant for New Staff                                                                                   2013-2016

University of California-Los Angeles

  • Collegium of University Teaching Fellows Award                                              2011-2012
  • LGBT Studies Graduate Teaching Fellowship                                                      2011
  • Department of English Dissertation Fellowship                                                 2009-2010
  • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Dissertation Fellowship              2008-2009
  • English Department Summer Teaching Fellowship                                           2008
  • Dean’s Del Amo Fellowship in the Humanities                                                   2007-2008
  • Summer Research Mentorship                                                                               2007
  • Summer Research Mentorship                                                                               2006
  • Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies Travel Grant                                         2006
  • Department of English Travel Grants                                                                   2006-2013
  • Dean’s Del Amo Fellowship in the Humanities                                                   2004-2005

University of California-Berkeley

  • Phi Beta Kappa                                                                                                           2003
  • Dean’s Honor List                                                                                                      2000-2004


Invited Talks

  • “Erotic Negativity and Victorian Aestheticism.” George Washington University English Department Colloquium, “The Humanities Now.” Washington, D.C. October 27, 2017.

Conference Presentations

  • “Poetic Disinterest and the Sex of Aesthetic Freedom in Michael Field’s Ekphrastic Poetry.” Curiosity and Desire in Fin-De-Siècle Art and Literature.” Los Angeles, California. May 11-12, 2018.
  • “Weird Sex: Teleny, Pornography, and the History of Sexuality.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference. Banff, Canada. November 15-18, 2017.
  • “Teaching Queer Victorian Literature in Singapore.” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. April 21-23, 2017.
  • “Michael Field, Poetic Indifference, and the Sex of Aesthetic Freedom.” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. October 27-30, 2016.
  • “Walter Pater, Contradiction, and ‘Moral Sexlessness’.” The Victorians and the Democratic Imagination. Hong Kong. May 13, 2016.
  • “The Truth in Eros: The Anthropology of Rationality in Walter Pater’s Plato and Platonism.” North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. July 9-12, 2015.
  • “Forgetting Pederasty in Richard Burton’s ‘Terminal Essay’.” Australasian Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand. February 2-5, 2015.
  • “Doing Victorian Sexuality in Singapore.” Modern Language Association Conference.Vancouver, Canada. January 8-11, 2015.
  • “‘The inevitable force of individuality’: Sight and Song and the Erotics of Historicism.” Michael Field Centenary Conference. London, UK. July 11-12, 2014.
  • “Erotic Negativity: Mediating Queer Aesthetics.” Modern Language Association Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. January 3-6, 2013.
  • “The Gender of Aesthetic Bildung in Vernon Lee’s ‘Prince Alberic and the Snake Lady.’” Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle. London, UK. June 28-29, 2010.
  • “Bodies that Shatter: Teleny and the History of Sexuality.” Dickens Project Winter Conference. New Brunswick, New Jersey. April 6-8, 2007.
  • “Euphuism in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean.” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States. Los Angeles, California, October 26-28, 2006.
  • “Artificial Artlessness: Walter Pater and the ‘task of poetry’.” International Walter Pater Society Conference. New Brunswick, New Jersey. July 27-29, 2006.
  • “Masculinity, Aesthetics, and Sensibility in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria.” The Eighteenth Century Now. York, UK. June 24-16, 2006.

Conference Organizing

  • Graduate coordinator, Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference                       2010-2011

Departmental Talks

  • “Walter Pater and Cosmopolitanism.” UCLA English Department Athenaeum Lecture Series, May 19, 2010.
  • “‘Untidy lives’: Negativity and Desire in the British nstlerroman, 1866-1919.” UCLA English Department Nineteenth-Century Group, January 28, 2008.
  • “Artificial Artlessness: The ‘task of poetry’ in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean.” UCLA English Department Nineteenth-Century Group, May 23, 2006.


American University

  • Readings in Genre: Novel
  • Rethinking Literature: Growing Up
  • Complex Problems: Inventing Queer Lives
  • Literature and Society in Victorian England
  • Oscar Wilde and Late Victorian Literary Culture
  • Survey of British Literature II
  • Sexuality in Victorian Literature

National University of Singapore

  • Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, and Decadence
  • Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Literature
  • The Gothic Imagination
  • Art, Sex, and Death: Victorian Literature and Social Critique
  • The Gothic Novel, 1760-Present
  • Aestheticism and Decadence
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture 

University of California-Los Angeles

  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Body, 1700-1850: Gothic Sexualities
  • Introduction to Feminist and Queer Theory
  • Introduction to LGBT Studies
  • Victorian Masculinities
  • Critical Reading and Writing
  • English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Teaching Interests

  • Victorian literature
  • Romanticism
  • Modern British, Irish, and Anglophone writing
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • The history and theory of aesthetics
  • Global nineteenth-century writing


American University

  • Tenure-Line Merit Committee                                                                               2017-2018
  • Best Undergraduate Essay Prize Judge                                                                2017-2018
  • Literary Studies Ad-Hoc Committee, Habits of Mind                                        2016-
  • Best Undergraduate Senior Capstone Prize Judge                                             2016-2017
  • Literature Department Outreach Committee                                                     2016-2017

National University of Singapore

  • Guest Speaker, Publishing and Professionalization Workshop                                2013

University of California-Los Angeles

  • Workshop leader, Teaching Assistant Training Program                                          2011
  • Panelist, “Pedagogy and Scholarship for Graduate Students”                                  2011
  • Panelist, “Publishing the Academic Article”                                                                 2009
  • Graduate coordinator, English Department Nineteenth-Century Group               2009
  • Panelist, “Passing the Prospectus Exam”                                                                      2008
  • Panelist, “Applying to Graduate School”                                                                       2007
  • President, English Graduate Union                                                                                2006


External Reviewer

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  • Literature Compass
  • Studies in the Novel
  • Victorian Review


Reading competence in French and Italian


  • Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Victorian Studies Association
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • International Walter Pater Society