I am an assistant professor of English at Simmons University in Boston, MA, where my research and teaching focus on twentieth and twenty-first century global Anglophone literature and international jurisprudence. As both a literary scholar and lawyer by training, my research investigates the relationship between fiction and international human rights law. I have taught a wide variety of courses in English and Film Studies, including courses on Human Rights and Global Literature, Postcolonial Cinema, British Immigrant Fiction, and Global Indigenous Literature.
My first book project, Novel Repair: Restorative Justice, Global Literature, and International Law, demonstrates how the global Anglophone novel imagines new models of repair for historical, procedural, and spatial exclusions of international law in the non-western world. My research serves as both an alternative history of, as well as an addendum to, the international criminal tribunal system that starts at Nuremberg. I begin instead with the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947 in Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Cracking India, and demonstrate how imaginative narratives from the Biafran War in Nigeria (1967-1970), the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia (1975-1979), and the system of apartheid in South Africa (1948-1991) develop enhanced tribunal structures in which perpetrators take punishment and victims find remedies. This book ultimately argues for a literary model of human recovery in which reparative reading practices reshape the punitive language of the law and reclaim postcolonial histories of resistance.
I earned my Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from the University of Virginia in 2014. I also hold a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where I served as Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, and a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University. My literary and legal research has taken me to archives and museums on six different continents, and you can find links to some of my photography from those visits here. As a rare book collector, I also occasionally lend my expertise on antiquarian books and collecting to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and you can find some of my posts here.