I am Professor of English at Saint Louis University, incoming Director of the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Center for Digital Humanities, and a Fellow of Gladstone’s Library in Wales. My research explores literature and music in Victorian Britain as mutually constitutive with a range of nineteenth-century discourses, including constructions of gender, class, childhood, ethnicity, and political and religious identity. This work has contributed to BBC Two Television in the UK and to the Essay slot on BBC Radio 3. I am grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for its support of past and present scholarship (Fellowship, 2014; Summer Stipend, 2005).
My books are Mary Gladstone and the Victorian Salon: Music, Literature, Liberalism (Cambridge, 2017), The Musical Crowd in English Fiction, 1840–1910: Class, Culture and Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860–1900: Representations of Music, Science and Gender in the Leisured Home (Ashgate, 2000; Routledge, 2016). I have edited two collections of essays: The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry (Ashgate, 2005; Routledge 2016) and, with Katharine Ellis, Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century (Boydell & Brewer, 2013). I am also founder and co-director of a suite of digital projects, Sounding Victorian, and co-founder and co-director of another digital consortium, Tennysons Archive: Digitising the Work of the Tennysons, Plural.
I was educated at the University of Sussex (DPhil) and University of Cambridge (BA/MA) in the UK, and at Oberlin College (BA), Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), and Interlochen Arts Academy (Vocal Performance) in the US.
Believing strongly that scholarship should reach beyond the ivy tower, I like to present on radio and television, create open access web projects, reach out to non-academic publications, and write the blog hosted on this site, conducted in partnership with Gladstone's Library in Wales.