1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences


Selected Articles

  • "Raising the Bar: K-8,"in Composition(s) in the New Liberal Arts, eds. Joanna Castner and James Inman (Hampton, 2009).
  • "Power All the Way: Poetry, Presidents, and the Centre," UCG Women's Studies Review  (Galway, Ireland), Volume Three, 1995, excerpted in Women Emerging, A Decade of Irish Feminist Scholarship, eds. R. Pelan and A. Hayes (National University of Ireland at Galway, 2005).
  • "Poetry, Casuality, and an Irish Ceasefire," The Peace Review, June 2001.
  • "Literary Tourism and Dublin's Joyce," in Joyce and the Subject of History, 1996 (above), originally printed as "'A Standard of Service and Sophistication': Joyce and the Tourism Trap," James Joyce Quarterly, Summer 1991,and reprinted in The Irish Review (Belfast), Winter 1991-1992 and Magyar Lettre Internationale, 1996-1997

Selected Book Reviews

  • Joyce/Shakespeare, ed. Laura Pelaschiar, for James Joyce Literary Supplement, Fall 2015
  • Bloomsday 100: Essays on “Ulysses,” eds. Morris Beja and Anne Fogerty, for James Joyce Quarterly, Volume 47, No. 2, Winter 2010
  • Joyce and Company by David Pierce, for James Joyce Quarterly, Volume 45, Number 2, Winter 2008
  • Critical Companion to James Joyce: A Literary Reference to his Life and Work by Nichaols Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie, for James Joyce Literary Supplement, Volume 22, Number 1, Spring 2008
  • The Marriage Paradox: Modernist Novels and the Cultural Imperative by Davida Pines, for Modernism/Modernity, Volume 14, No. 2, 2007
  • Irish Poetry and the Construction of Modern Identity by Stan Smith, for Irish Studies Review, Volume 15, No. 1, 2007


  • “Yeats’s Prayer for the Endangered Child,” Modernist Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, November 2015
  • "Living With Some Poems by W.B. Yeats," workshop, Bread Loaf School of English, July 2014
  • "A History of Evidence: Why a Teacher's Own Experiences Should Count," Celebration of Success conference, Abingdon, VA, July 2014
  • "New Forms of the Book: Modernist Texts, Digital Editions, Virtual Libraries, Bookstores Real and Imagined," roundtable co-organized with John Whittier-Ferguson, Modernist Studies Association conference, Montreal, November 2009
  • “A New Modernist Classroom?,” roundtable co-organized with John Whittier-Ferguson, Modernist Studies Association conference, Nashville, November 2008.
  • Major forum on "Teachers for a New Era," American Association for College Teachers of Education annual conference, New York City, February 2007
  • Chair, "Beckett at 100 and Irish Writing," Modern Language Association Convention, December 2006
  • "Teacher Quality and Induction," "Preparing Today's Leaders for Tomorrow's High Schools" conference, Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC, October 2004
  • "The Laureateship as Political Capital," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies conference, Fairfax, Va., April 2002

Other Positions Held

  • Academic Coordinator for Semester at Sea, University of Virginia, 2013-2016, and Academic Dean for Spring 2012 and Spring 2016 voyages
  • Faculty member, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 1993-1996, 1997-2011, 2013.
  • Associate Professor of English and Director of University Writing, Brandeis University, 1994-1999.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Yale University, 1988-94; Co-Director, Bass Writing Program, 1989-1992, 1993-1994.

Committees and Consultancies

  • Faculty board member, Global Development Studies program, UVa.
  • Executive Committee, Anglo-Irish Literature Discussion Group, Modern Language Association, 2004-2007, Chair, 2006
  • Test Development Committee, Advanced Placement Exam, English Literature and Composition and English Language and Composition, Educational Testing Service, 1995-1998

Awards, fellowships, additional recognition

  • Commencement speaker, Bread Loaf School of English, Lincoln College, Oxford, 2011
  • Robert Frost Chair, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 2009
  • Commencement speaker, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 2003
  • Marino Chair, Bread Loaf School of English, 1998


First Name: 
Professor, Director of the Center for the Liberal Arts
Computing ID: 
Office Address: 

338A Bryan Hall


Ph.D. Stanford, 1988
M.A. Johns Hopkins, 1983
B.A. Colgate University, 1981

Office Hours: 

TW 2:15-3:15

Class Schedule: 

T/Th 11-12:15
F 10-10:50