Academic Title

Interim Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Additional Title

Professor, English

Research Interests
  • 18th-Century British Literature
Research Summary

My research explores the relationship between 17th- and 18th-century British literature and history, with a focus on politics and Enlightenment thought.

  • Ph.D., English, Rutgers University
  • M.Phil., English, Rutgers University
  • M.A., English, Rutgers University
  • B.A., English and Philosophy, Boston College
Areas of Expertise
  • John Milton
  • Samuel Johnson
Recent Publications

“Samuel Johnson and Autobiography: Reflection, Ambivalence, and ‘Split Intentionality’” New Essays on Samuel Johnson: Revaluation. Ed. Tony Lee (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2018).

“Johnson’s Fallen World.” Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson. Ed. Melvyn New and Gerard Reedy (University of Delaware Press, 2012). 131-146.

“Politics.” Samuel Johnson in Context.” Ed. Jack Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 2012). 303-11. “Richetti’s Narratives.” Eighteenth-Century Life. 36:1 (Winter 2012). 89-92.

Honors and Awards
  • Roddy Award for Excellence in Teaching, Merrimack College, 2005.