I was born in New York City and was educated at The Oxford Academy before attending Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where I obtained a BA in Liberal Arts with dual majors in east Asian religious studies and English literature. Having developed an interest in historical Englishes while a visiting student at Oxford University, I undertook a MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield under Sylvia Adamson. My MA dissertation considered the role of hyperbole in the holograph correspondence of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell in the final years of Wolsey’s life, and subsequently I was awarded a studentship to pursue doctoral research on sixteenth-century literary representations of Wolsey at Sheffield under the supervision of Cathy Shrank. I was awarded my PhD in English Literature in 2013 after examination by Mike Pincombe and Tom Rutter.
Following on from my PhD, I was appointed the inaugural research fellow and centre coordinator for the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies under director Phil Withington. In 2014 I came to Warwick as the Project Officer for the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network, part of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. In February 2015 I was awarded a Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship to undertake research at the Newberry Library in support of my new project, “The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer”. As the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Student Experience for the new BA Liberal Arts program at Warwick, I have a strong interest in developing creative pedagogical approaches to transdisciplinary education and student support. I have also taught for the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning at Warwick in collaboration with colleagues at Monash University, Melbourne. In 2015 I was awarded a JJ Kidd Fellowship by the European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS) consortium and a Strategic Research Grant by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick to pursue research into liberal arts and sciences teaching and learning methodologies. In 2018 I was appointed a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy.
My first monograph, From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England’s ‘Other King’was published by Brill in 2016. I am currently writing my second book, The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer. Other ongoing projects include analyses of perception and strategy in liberal education (in collaboration with Mike Finn); the social/labor history of postwar UK migration/refugee programs (with Jo Angouri); and further work on the connections between George Cavendish, Thomas Churchyard, and the Mirror for Magistrates.