1. University of Virginia
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  • “The Source of Poetry: ‘Pernaso’, Paradise, and Spenser’s Chaucerian Craft,” in Dan Geffrey with the New Poete: Reading & Rereading Chaucer and Spenser, eds. Tamsin Badcoe, Rachel Stenner, & Gareth Griffiths, Manchester UP (forthcoming 2017)
  • "'Make me a mandrake': Co-creating Paradise in Donne's 'Twicknam Garden,'" article reading Donne's lyric alongside the landscape history of the garden at Twickenham Park owned by Lucy, Countess of Bedford (in preparation)
  • “‘So many strange things hapned me to see’: The Illustrations of A Theatre for Worldlings,” bibliographical article (in preparation)
  • “Let Me Count the Ways: How to Make (and Contest) a ‘Period’ Garden,” heritage studies article presenting findings from field research at English Heritage, National Trust, and private UK gardens (in preparation)
  • Review of Eileen Reeves, Evening News: Optics, Astronomy, and Journalism in Early Modern Europe, Sixteenth-Century Journal 46.3 (Fall 2015): 802-803.


  • Richard Guy Wilson Prize for Excellence in the Study of Buildings, Landscapes & Places (2017)
  • Buckner W. Clay Award in the Humanities (2017)
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography (2014-16)
  • Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Award (2014)
  • Betsy and Stuart Houston Prize for best RBS-UVA Fellowship Project (2014)
  • Dumbarton Oaks Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residency in Landscape Studies (2014)
  • Buckner W. Clay Award in the Humanities (2013)
  • RBS-UVA Fellowship, Rare Book School (2013)
  • Alison & Francis Gaillard Memorial Scholarship, Oxford Brookes University (2006)


  • ""the verses she shewed in the garden':  Building Paradise with John Donne and Lucy, Countess of Bedford," Roundtable on Early Modern Women and the Environment (SSEMW), Modern Language Association (MLA), New York, 2018.
  • “Virtual Gardens:  Imagined Spaces in Herbals and Horticultural Manuals,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting (RSA), Chicago, 2017.
  • “‘Tuning their accents fit’:  Close & Distant Reading in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser” (with James Ascher), DH@UVA (Digital Humanities Conf.), Charlottesville, 2016.
  • “Eden Reimagined: Deploying Paradise in Richard II, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Contemporary Garden Books” (seminar on “Space, Memory and Transformation”), Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (SAA), New Orleans, 2016.
  • “‘The sacred noursery / Of Vertue’—and Violence:  Plotting Spenser’s Locus Amoenus,” The Place of Spenser:  Fifth International Spenser Society Conference, Dublin Castle, Ireland (2015)
  • “Paradise Abroad: Desire and Conquest in Shakespeare’s Exotic Gardens,” seminar on “Landscape, Space, and Place in Early Modern Literature,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (2015)
  • “‘Make me a mandrake’: Invasive Species in Donne’s Hortus Conclusus,” Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds Conference, University of Maryland (2014)
  • “‘Of that the spring was in his learned hedde’:  Paradise and the Poetic Endeavor in Chaucer and Spenser’s Gardens,” Dan Geffrey with the New Poete: Reading and Rereading Chaucer and Spenser International Conference, University of Bristol, UK (2014)
  • “‘Lo, Colin, here the place’:  Spenser’s Virtual Gardens & Contemporary Illustration,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2014)        
  • “‘Waxen Wings’: Designing Continuities in Doctor Faustus,” panel on “Marlowe in Performance,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (2012)
  • “‘To [and from] our bodies turn we, then’: Physical and Ecstatic Spaces in Night and Day,” Contradictory Woolf: Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of Glasgow, UK (2011)
  • “Noise as Hope:  Contested Silence, Media Static, and Poetics of the Rwandan Genocide,” Sound & Unsound: Noise, Nonsense, & the Unspoken, University of Virginia Graduate English Conference (2011)
  • “Reflecting Truth:  Mirrored Images of Rwanda’s Past & Future in Derick Burleson’s ‘Ejo,’” National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Conference (2008)
  • “Settlers, Slaves, and ‘Salvages’: the American Fabric of History and Value in an African ‘Indian’ Bag,” Dublin Seminar on New England Folklife Annual Conference, Deerfield (2003)

Professional Activity

  • Co-Curator of exhibitions "Faulkner: Life and Works" (2017) and "Shakespeare by the Book" (2016), UVa Special Collections Library
  • Organizer of panels "Graphic representation"; "Ethics and responsibility in the bibliosphere," RBS-Mellon Conference on Critical Bibliography, Philadelphia (2017)
  • Certificate of Specialization in Book Design & Production, Rare Book School (2016)
  • “Writing, Memory, Disciplinarity,” Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence in the Humanities (2014-15)
  • Tomorrow’s Professor Today program, Teaching Resource Center (2011-13)
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PhD, English Literature, University of Virginia (2017)

MA (en-route), English Literature, University of Virginia (2013)

MA with Distinction, English Studies, Oxford Brookes University (2008) 

  • Dissertation:  “Genocide in the Noise:  Poems on the Rwandan Genocide in the Context of Holocaust Poetics in the Twenty-First Century”

MPhil, Development Studies, University of Oxford (2005)

  • Dissertation:  “Looking to the Past, Thinking Towards the Future: The District Six Museum and the Redevelopment of ‘Community’ in Cape Town”

AB cum laude, History (American subfield), Harvard University (2003)


My book project investigates visions of paradise in early modern English literature alongside the material practices of making poems, books, and gardens in the period. “Vertuall Paradise: Vision and Practice in the Poems, Books, and Gardens of Early Modern England” examines how poets from Spenser to Milton construct paradisal spaces and how they put them to use as poetic, political, or ethical statements. By close reading artifacts in an expansive cultural context, I locate meaning in the relations between the poems’ virtual spaces and the material objects that both inspire flights of fancy and bring them down to earth.

Other teaching and research interests include heritage studies, garden design, book production, children’s literature, and lyric. My next project will investigate war landscapes in Early Modern English literature and art.

Office Hours: 

Tu 11:00-1:00

Class Schedule: 

TuTh 8:00-9:15
TuTh 9:30-10:45
TuTh 2:00-3:15