My PhD is in early modern literature and my scholarship centers around the intersections of literature and law. I’ve written about the violence of the law in early modern England, critical prison theory, and human rights in children’s literature.
My publications appear in Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Contemporary Justice Review, The Social History of Crime and Punishment in the United States, Wake Forest Law Review, and Reading Milton. As a way of exploring the constructive aspects of law, I co-authored Human Rights and Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law.
For the last ten years, I’ve taught at a men’s prison outside Atlanta, a place where I’ve found unparalleled intellectual freedom and creative collaboration. Along with my friend and colleague Bill Taft, I co-direct the nonprofit Common Good Atlanta, which seeks to connect the humanities to the community. In 2018, Common Good Atlanta expands college courses to Whitworth Women’s Facility and Metro Reentry Facility.