Law-related classes taught: Most of my graduate teaching investigates the intersection between literary
theory, literature, politics, and law. I taught an undergraduate honors seminars in 2002 called “The Legal Imagination.”
Law-related scholarly interests: My first book was on the politics of religious toleration in England in the Romantic period (1790-1820). My second book, The Shadow of Death, is on the death penalty and English Romanticism. Generally, I’m interested in the intersection between legal technologies and various literary genres, including lyric poetry and the historical novel.
With Steve Engelmann (UIC Political Science), I co-chair the Forum for Research in Law, Politics, and the Humanities. Now
in our second year, we have featured outside speakers, and have provided and interdisciplinary group for sharing the work and research of a range of scholars at UIC.
Law-related publications: First book: Religion, Toleration, and British Writing (Cambridge, 2002).
Second book: The Shadow of Death: Romanticism, Literature, and the Subject of Punishment (Princeton 2007)