EducationPh.D., English, University of Delaware, 1991
M.A., English, University of Delaware, 1985
B.A., English-Honors, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1981
Publications, Presentations & Research
A Critical Edition of Sir Walter Scott's "Waverley." Broadview Press, 2010.
A Critical Edition of Charlotte Lennox's "Euphemia." Broadview Press, 2008.
A Critical Edition of Maria Edgeworth's "Castle Rackrent." Hackett Publishing, 2007.
A Critical Edition of Frances Burney's "Evelina." Broadview Press, 2000.
A Critical Edition of Charlotte Lennox's "The Life of Harriot Stuart, Written by Herself." Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1995.
Published Essays (selected)
"Transcultural Adoption in the Eighteenth-century Transatlantic Novel: Questioning
National Identities in Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia." New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century
British Fiction: Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared: Essays in Honor of Jerry C. Beasley.
Ed. Christopher Johnson. University of Delaware Press, 2011.
"In the Public Eye: The Structuring of Spectacle in Frances Burney's 'Evelina." The Public's Open to Us All: Essays on Women and Performance in Eighteenth-Century England. Ed. Laura Engel. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.
"Seeing Colonial America and Writing Home about It: Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia Epistolarity, and the Feminine Picturesque." Studies in the Novel 37.3 (Fall 2005): 273-91.
Conference Work (selected)
"Revisioning Nationalism: Boswell, Porter, Scott and the Use of the Paratext." Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Conference. Columbia, SC, April 2012.
"Narrative Surrogacy in Scott's and Edgeworth's Nationalist Novels." International Society for Narrative. Cleveland, OH, April 2010.
"Family Portraits in Austen and Edgeworth: Adoptive and Blended Families in Fact and Fiction." Adoption and Culture Conference. Boston, MA, April 2010.
"Maria Edgeworth's Blended Families in Fact and Fiction: Castle Rackrent and Belinda as Bookends in the Debate on the Union between England and Ireland." Midwest Conference on British Studies. Pittsburgh, PA, October 2009.
"Family by Design: The Orphan and the Surrogate Family in Jane Austen's
Mansfield Park, Novel and Film." College English Association Conference, Pittsburgh,
PA, March 2009.
"Transracial Adoption in Eighteenth-century Transatlantic Novels: Charlotte Lennox's Euphemia Questions National Identities." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Dartmouth College, Oct. 2007.
Research interests include the British novel of the long eighteenth century, 18th c. transatlantic narratives, the literature of crime and detection (18th c. to present), family life in the 18th c. in America and Britain (marriage, divorce, parenting, adoption and surrogacy, inheritance, etc.).