Research & Teaching

SCHOLARSHIP & PUBLICATIONS

I study performance histories; my research lives at the intersections of poetry, drama, and music in early modern Europe. I’m particularly interested in exploring the work of women and other historically marginalized writers (such as the playwright Leone de’ Sommi). My innovative, multidisciplinary approach has been recognized with numerous fellowships, grants, and awards. My article “Sibylline Voices: Prophecy and Power at the Medici Theater” was awarded the 2020 SCSC Literature Prize for the best literature paper published in The Sixteenth Century Journal.

I’m pleased to announce that my first book, co-edited with Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English, UC Irvine), is available for pre-order! It’s a collection of essays on translations and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and will be out in the world in September 2022. Julia and I and our wonderful contributors are excited for you to read it.

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You can learn more about my scholarship, academic publications and talks here, and translations here. If you’re looking for a researcher to consult on a creative project, contact me to find out more about what I do.

TEACHING

I was most recently a faculty member at UCLA in the department of French & Francophone Studies, where I taught French literature, language, and culture. (Incorporating food studies whenever possible, of course!) Before coming to Los Angeles I taught French, theater history, and Latin at UC Santa Cruz, where I earned my PhD in Literature. (Go Banana Slugs!) In my current position at Caltech, I run workshops on grant writing for postdocs and grad students in life sciences.

In addition, I regularly give lectures and lead workshops at universities, arts organizations and community groups.

Courses taught at UCLA:
Introduction to French Culture and Civilization (in English)
Introduction to French and Francophone Literature (in French)
Written Expression: Techniques of Description & Narration (in French)
Literature and Music from Romanticism to Modernism (in French)
Studies in 18th-Century Literature: The Epistolary Novel (in French)
French & Francophone Theater in Translation (in English)
The Literary Animal (in French — Senior Capstone Seminar)

At UC Santa Cruz:
Latin 1-2 (first-year language)
French 1-2 (first-year language)
Roman Poetry: Vergil’s Aeneid
Ancient and Medieval Drama
Roving Shakespeare

Community Teaching:
Webinar about music and Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Introduction to Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet for the New Swan Shakespeare Center, UC Irvine.