Research & Teaching


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), has been published and is available for purchase! It’s a collection of essays on translations and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Julia and I and our wonderful contributors are excited for you to read it.

The Society for Renaissance Studies is generously offering a 35% discount code for our book and the other wonderful volumes in the Arden’s Shakespeare and Adaptation series if purchased directly from the publisher, valid through March 2023. We also hope that you will encourage your local library to acquire a copy, to help make the book available to a wider readership.


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.


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 Winter 2023 I will be moderating a section of Bi 23 on bioethics.

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

Courses taught at Caltech:
Readings in Bioethics

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 (advanced language)
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.