I’m a professor of English literature and dean of Roosevelt’s College of Arts and Sciences. As a teacher and a writer, I study eighteenth-century British literature – the early novel, the rise of a mass reading public, and the big question of “what did people thinking reading and writing were good for, anyway?” As dean, I work with faculty, staff, students, alums, and community members to keep answering that question in our own times. Reading and writing – and math, economics, psychology, philosophy, and all of the disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences – all have ways to help us solve big problems. As dean, I work to help put all those pieces together so that the College can, as Roosevelt’s vision statement puts it, “create socially conscious citizens who are leaders in their professions and their communities.”
I’ve edited a book – Reading in History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition – and published numerous essays on topics related to eighteenth-century literature and culture. I contribute to the public discourse on campus -- see, for instance, this discussion on "Race, Justice, and the American Dream," or this essay in the Roosevelt Review -- and I work closely with students on CASSAC, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council. I’m proud of our faculty and student accomplishments, and the many events we host in the College of Arts and Sciences each semester. I hope to see you at one of them soon!