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I am a scholar of British Romanticism, a writer and editor, and the lead singer-songwriter-bassist for the Philadelphia-based rock group Smart Barker.

I grew up in Roanoke, VA, the “Star City of the South,” and had a fabulous college experience at James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I did my graduate work (MA and PhD) at the University of South Carolina under the expert direction of Paula R. Feldman. After 13 years teaching at Widener University, I was promoted to the rank of Professor of English; in 2014 I became the first Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English. I left Widener in 2018.

Employment History

Professor of English, Widener University, 2010–2018

Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, Widener University, 2014–2018

Associate Professor of English, Widener University, 2003–2010

Assistant Professor of English, Widener University, 1997–2003

Education

Ph.D. in English Literature, University of South Carolina, August 1997

Dissertation: “Form, Fame, and Gender in the Romantic Sonnet”

M.A. in English, University of South Carolina, August 1994

B.A. in English, Magna cum laude with honors distinction in English, James Madison University, May 1992