I have been at Furman since 1996, teaching Early Modern literature and Humanities courses. My specialty is 16th and 17th century British poetry, and my dissertation was on the religious poetry of John Donne and George Herbert. My research interests currently focus on Milton, Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish, seventeenth century book frontispiece portraits, early modern humanist education, the history of scientific writing, Reformation theology, British detective fiction, and children’s fantasy literature. I am the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary, and sometimes coach for the Mock Trial program.

Selected Publications

  • Engaging the Humanities, co-editor with Sean O'Rourke (under contract)
  • Rotterdam "Secret Domination or Civic Duty: The Source and Purpose of Magical Power in Harry Potter." Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays, Vol. 2
  • "'Entering Upon That One Path': Bacon's Knightly Quest for Knowledge." Discoveries (online publication of the South Central Renaissance Conference)
  • “’To be thy praise / And be my salvation': The Duty to Praise in The Temple." Texas Studies in Literature and Language
  • "Naming Cromwell: Marvell's Dilemma," Discoveries: South Central Renaissance Conference News and Notes
  • "Flying Cars, Floo Powder, and Flaming Torches: The Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech World of Harry Potter." Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays

Honors and Awards

  • Furman Meritorious Advising Award in 2002
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Association of Furman Students in 2006
  • Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Advisor in 2006
  • Princeton Review "300 best professors in the United States" in 2012
Education
Ph.D.
Stanford University
J.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A.
Northwestern University
B.A.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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