• Chair, Department of English and Associate Professor of English

    Morton Hall 033
    (434) 223-7262



Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
B.A., Kent State University, 1999

Teaching and Research Interests

Middle English Literature, especially Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower
Medieval Historiography
Medieval Rhetorical Poetics
Early Modern Literature, especially William Shakespeare
Affect Theory
Arthurian Literature
History of the English Language
Science Fiction
Rhetoric and Composition 

Most Recent Publications

Chaucer, Gower, and the Affect of Invention. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2016. Forthcoming.

"Gower and the Form of History." Research Companion to John Gower, ed. Robert F. Yeager, Ana Saez-Hidalgo, and Brian Gastle. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming, 2017.

"The Legend of Good Women and the Affect of Invention." Exemplaria 25 (2013): 16-35.

"Gower's Chronicles of Invention: Historiography and Productive Poetry in Book Four of the Confessio Amantis." Modern Philology 110 (2012): 182-201.

"Between Precedent and Possibility: Liminality, Historicity, and Narrative in Chaucer's Franklin's Tale." Studies in Philology 103 (2006): 47-67.

"Narratives of Incest and Incestuous Narrative: Memory, Process, and the Confessio Amantis's 'Middel Weie.' " Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 35 (2005): 217-44.

Institutional Involvement

College Assessment Committee 2014-16 (Chair, 2015-16)
President, College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (2012-2016)
Faculty Student Affairs Committee, 2010-2013 (Chair, 2012-2013)
Faculty Subcommittee on College Bylaws Revision (2012-13)
Interim Associate Director of the Honors Program, 2011
Science Fiction Group Coordinator (2011-2012)
Shakespeare's Henry V, A Semester-Long Investigation, 2011
Installation Ceremony Committee for Presidential Inauguration, 2010
Gender Issues Committee, 2008-2010 (Co-Chair, 2009-2010)
Phi Beta Kappa Jones Prize Selection Committee (2009-2010) (Chair, 2010)
Safe Zone Ally (2008-Present)
Academic Advisor (2008-Present)
English and Rhetoric Deparmental Committees (2007-Present)

Honors and Awards

Elliott Associate Professorship (2013-2016)
Hampden-Sydney College's Associate Professor Nominee to the Virginia Foundation for Independent College's Harris Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015)
Mednick Research Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (2012)
Travel Grants, Hampden-Sydney (2008-2016)
Faculty Summer Research Grants, Hampden-Sydney (2008-2009, 2011-2016)

Professional Affiliations

Medieval Academy of America
New Chaucer Society
International John Gower Society
Modern Language Association