I am Professor of English Literature at Rutgers University, where I have taught since September 2007. Before arriving at Rutgers, I taught in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
From 1987 – 1991 I attended Wesleyan University, where I received my BA. I also have a Diplôme Supérieur d’Études Françaises from the Université de Bourgogne (1992), an MA in Renaissance Studies and Critical Theory from the University of Sussex (1993), and an MA (1994), MPhil (1997) and PhD (2000) from Columbia University. From 1993-94 I taught in the Département d’Anglais at the Université de Nice.
I have received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UW-Madison Vilas Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
I grew up in Wooster, Ohio and I live in New York with my partner, Rebecca Walkowitz, our daughter, Lucy, and our two cats, Tony and Pablo.