Welcome to my personal homepage. I am an Associate Professor of English at Baylor University, specializing in Romantic and Victorian literature. I also serve as the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Robert Browning and Victorian Studies at Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library. To date, most of my research and publications have been on nineteenth-century British poetic form, religion, and “print culture.” By “print culture” I mean the social interaction and meaning-making enabled by the production, circulation, and reception of printed media. Within these areas, I have actively published in three subfields: (1) nineteenth-century British print culture and religion; (2) Romantic poetic form and theory, focusing on connections between meter, ethics, and social norms; (3) Victorian poetic form and theory, emphasizing theological views of poetic form.
More recently, I have focused on intersections between nineteenth-century British poetry, ecology, and religion. This new constellation of interests has shaped a number of talks at conferences and symposia, some of my recent and forthcoming articles and book chapters, and my second book project, The Body of Christ, The Body of the Earth: Nineteenth-Century Poetry, Ecology, and Christology. Four poets are at the center of this study: the later Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. In it, I tell an overlooked story about the relationship between ecological concern, poetry, and Christianity in nineteenth-century Britain. I show that by representing all creatures as participants in Christ’s body, these nineteenth-century British poets (and many of those they influenced) resisted modern treatment of nature as matter to be manipulated. Also related to my investment in ecology and religion is a conference that I organized for Sept. 18-21, 2019 on “Ecology and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies.”
Please see my “publications” page for information about my publications. You can read more about my book, Imagined Spiritual Communities in Britain’s Age of Print, (Ohio State University Press, 2015) by visiting the webpage linked to the title. It is in Ohio State’s Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies book series. For the same series, I coedited a collection with Winter Jade Werner titled Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion: Literary, Historical, and Religious Studies in Dialogue(May 2019).
I founded and still contribute to Baylor’s 19th C. Research Seminar (please click to visit the website for more information).