Most of my research focuses on British literature of the 18th- and 19th-centuries. My most recent book, Primitive Minds: Evolution and Spiritual Experience in the Victorian Novel, links evolutionary science with both Victorian psychology and spiritualism. Currently, I am writing a book examining 19th-century speculation about the impact of imaginative literature on human evolution. I teach courses in my literary fields, but I also teach critical theory at both the introductory undergraduate and the graduate levels. In the past, I have helped organize and teach poetry classes at Douglas County Jail, and I have published on the relationship between criticism and corrections. I have also written articles on film, on the post-colonial politics of museum display, and on the institutional career of cultural studies.
- Evolutionary science
- Nineteenth-century British literature
- Critical theory