I am the author of Signature, a cultural chronicle and speculative essay, forthcoming from Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series.

My writing and research asks questions like: “how do media technologies change our relationship to handwriting?”; “why have poets, from Ovid to T.S. Eliot, been fascinated by nightingales?”; and “what do bodies and pots have in common?” These questions often lead me to unlikely places. Recently, I have examined the history of art forgery, molecular biology’s influence on French philosophy, and how place-names supplement memory.

My essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Economist, The Brooklyn Rail, 3:AM, Hyperallergic, and Aesthetica Magazine, among other publications.

I am a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where I lecture and supervise on modern and contemporary literature and criticism, from 1870 to the present. My academic research has appeared in forums like Comparative Literature, Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, and Essays in Criticism.

I was educated at Pomona College (BA), King’s College, Cambridge (MPhil), and Peterhouse, Cambridge (PhD).