About

I’m a writer, scholar, and educator living in Philadelphia, where I teach courses on gender and sexuality in medieval literature and culture. My first book, Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain (Cornell University Press, 2018), analyzes sexual education, consent, and rape culture from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the Access Hollywood tape. Obscene Pedagogies won the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship’s 2020 prize for Best First Book of Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

I have published essays for both public and academic audiences on a variety of topics, including medieval histories of intoxication and consent, medieval rape reparations and the Bill Cosby case, the racialized history of the word “wench,” medieval impotence trials, rape and rage in Chaucer’s Legend of Philomela, obscene riddles, the medieval origins of the word “fuck,” and the 600-year-old history of “Teen Mom” entertainment. In addition to writing and teaching, I’m an editor for Exemplaria: Medieval/Early Modern/Theory, and I serve on the editorial board for Medieval Institute Publications’ Premodern Transgressive Literatures series.

I have given invited campus talks on topics such as histories of intoxication and consent, resisting rape in the Middle Ages and today, and black feminist approaches to medieval literature. I have also presented at workshops on how to teach classes on sexual violence in a sensitive, empowering fashion.

I am a diehard viewer of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and the Real Housewives shows (all except D.C.) and a voracious consumer of celebrity gossip. Books I’ve read and enjoyed recently include Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age (so good I read it twice), R. Eric Thomas and Helena Andrews-Dyer’s Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters, Makenna Goodman’s The Shame, Lyz Lenz’s Belabored, Dana-Ain Davis’s Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, Sakaya Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, R. Eric Thomas’s Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America, Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women, Leslie Brody’s Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy, Joseph R. Fitzgerald’s The Struggle is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation, and Brian Moylan’s The Housewives. I’ve also been rereading L. M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon and Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Sky, two writer-kid classics.