My teaching and research interests include Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British literature, Shakespeare, satire, research methods, and the history of the book. My current research examines the intersection of manuscript and print in some of Jonathan Swift’s most important poems. Publications related to this project have appeared in SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and Representations of Swift, ed. Brian Connery (Delaware, 2002). I am also a co-editor with James Woolley and John Irwin Fischer of the electronic archive The Swift Poems Project, which catalogs all poems by or related to Jonathan Swift and his circle up through the early nineteenth century.
I have recently received a Summer Stipend Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; and the Richard H. Rodino Prize from the Ehrenpreis Center for Swift Studies in Münster, Germany.
- Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
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- Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British literature
- History of the Book
- Jonathan Swift in Print and Manuscript. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Phillip Harth. Co-editor with Howard D. Weinbrot and Peter J. Schakel. University of Wisconsin Press, 2001.
- "Swift, Arbuckle, and The Beasts’ Confession to the Priest.” Swift Studies. 21 (2006): 87-106.
- “The Authorial Strategies of Swift’s Verses on the Death.” Representations of Swift. Ed. Brian A. Connery. University of Delaware Press, 2002. 77-98.
- “Reading the Material Text of Swift’s Verses on the Death.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. 41 (2001): 515-44 (winner of the Richard H. Rodino Prize).
- NEH Fellowship
for research on the Irish contexts of Jonathan Swift's poems for the Cambridge Edition of Swift's poems which he is co-editing. 2011.
- Regular Research Grant, Marquette University, for research on the Irish contexts of Jonathan Swift's poems. 2011.
- Summer Faculty Fellowship, Marquette University, 2006.
- Regular Research Grant, Marquette University, 2006.
- Summer Stipend Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003.
- Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2003.
- Richard H. Rodino Prize, Ehrenpreis Center for Swift Studies, Münster, Germany, 2002.
- Aubrey Williams Research Travel Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2000.