I teach courses in poetry, aesthetics, and the visual arts, and in eighteenth-century and romantic-era literature, particularly in reference to media studies, information theory, and environmental concerns. My recent book Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age (Virginia UP, 2015), explores a modern quest to locate vestiges of ancient poetry in the landscapes of an industrial world. Earlier work includes studies of poetry and museums, melancholy and social theory, romantic climatology, and the writings of Mme de Staël. My current scholarship continues to explore relations between literature, industrial space, and environmental history.
I am also the Editor of Philological Quarterly.