is associate professor of English, associate director of the Humanities Center, and founding director of the Health, Humanities, and Society minor at Northeastern University. Her research focuses primarily on American literature and culture before 1865, literature and medicine, disability studies, and the health humanities, broadly understood. She is the author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in leading journals, including Early American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, American Literature, American Literary History, PMLA, and the medical journal the Lancet. She serves on the advisory board of American Quarterly and the editorial boards of Early American Literature and American Literature (as of Jan. 2020). Her research has received awards including the Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic Dissertation Prize, the Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize, and the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Biennial Innovation Award and has been supported with long-term funding from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Wellesley College Newhouse Center for the Humanities. She was an assistant professor of English and core faculty member of the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University before joining the Northeastern faculty.
Currently she directs Touch This Page! Making Sense of the Ways We Read a multi-site and online exhibition about the multi-sensory experiences of reading with David Weimer and chairs the Critical Health Humanities seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center with Amy Boesky and David Jones.
During the 2019-2020 academic year she is on leave as a faculty fellow at the Wellesley College Newhouse Center for the Humanities.