My work focuses on the intersections of early modern literature and science, gender histories and early women’s writing, and digital and experimental approaches to literature. I take a highly interdisciplinary approach in both my research and teaching, always interested in the questions that form in disciplinary contact zones.
I am currently at work on two major projects. First, a data curation and critical making project that explores how readers feel violent poetic language. I study representations of women's bodies in early modern sonnets and transform blazon language into three-dimensional objects. The objects make tangible the violence implicit and explicit in these poetic representations and raise important questions about the physical effects of language.
Second, my current book project tells an alternative history of women’s engagement with science. Instead of looking for exceptional examples of female scientists throughout history, I track the work of female poets who were engaging with the inquiries and methods of anatomical science in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. With this project, I explore the following central questions: how do early women's engagements with science prompt us to reconsider what counts as "scientific work"? what can women's writing teach us about the relationship between poetic and scientific practices? what are the different ways in which anatomy can manifest poetically?
I teach in both the English Department and the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program. My goal as an instructor is to help students understand and think beyond disciplinary boundaries, always with an eye to the relationships between past and present, physical and digital.