• Elliott Assistant Professor of English

    Morton Hall, 114
    (434) 223-6954


B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Syracuse University
M.A. and Ph.D., Rice University
Graduate Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • British literature of the long nineteenth century (ca. 1768-1914)
  • maritime fiction, oceanic historicism, and blue ecologies
  • network theory and new formalism
  • empire and postcolonialism
  • mobility studies
  • archival theory and material histories
  • first-year writing, especially style and peer review

Recent Publications

“Visualizing Mutuality: Teaching / Networks in Our Mutual Friend,” forthcoming in Victorians Institute Journal.

Review of Reading and Mapping Fiction: Spatialising the Literary Text, by Sally Bushell (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2020), forthcoming in Global Nineteenth-Century Studies.

“The ‘bond of the sea’: Conrad, Coal, and Entropy,” in “The Green Issue,” ed. Brianna Beehler, Grace Franklin, and Devin Griffiths, special issue, Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 42, 5 (2020 [published 2021]): 509-22.

“Peer Review, Revisited: Graduate Writing Groups,” in Making the Grade: Reimagining the Graduate Seminar Essay in Literary Studies, ed. Kevin A. Morrison (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021), pp. 99-113.

“Metonymic Chains: Shipwreck, Slavery, and Networks in Villette,” in “The Brontës and Critical Interventions in Victorian Studies,” ed. Lauren Hoffer and Elizabeth Meadows, special issue, Victorian Review 42, 2 (Fall 2016 [published Fall 2017]): 343-60.

“Dungeons & Dragons & Graduate School,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (6 Nov. 2017).

Selected Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Diversity Infusion Stipend, Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, Berry College (2020-2021)

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Program in Writing and Communication, Rice University (2019-2020)

Diana Hobby Editorial Fellowship, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (2014-2019)

Graduate Teaching Award for Independent Instruction (inaugural recipient), Center for Teaching Excellence, Rice University (2018-2019)

Marilyn Marrs Gillet International Travel Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (2017)