Mary Wollstonecraft by Stewy, Newington Green Unitarian Church, North London.

Professor of English, Xavier University

Spring 2018 Ruff Visiting Chair in 18th-Century Studies, University of Dayton

I teach at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have published on Jane Austen, Frances Brooke, Charlotte Lennox, and animals in the long eighteenth century. I’m currently working on a book about eighteenth-century women novelists’ use of the female quixote trope to address anti-novel discourse. In the Summer of 2017 I began a new project exploring Frances Burney’s Catholic sympathies with the Hester Davenport/ Burney Society Fellowship at the Chawton House Library in Hampshire, UK. I am continuing this research in Spring 2018 with the help of the Ruff Visiting Professorship in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Dayton.

I live in Cincinnati with my husband, who teaches at the University of Cincinnati, our two children, and Cookie the cat. We rarely engage in cross-town rivalry at home (Go X).