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2011, BA English, Davidson College


I am a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My dissertation, entitled Dressing Authority: The Politics of Fashion in English Women’s Writing, 1616-1676, examines resistant discourses of dress in works by Margaret Cavendish, Anne Clifford, Mary Carleton, and others, situating their writings at the interdisciplinary nexus of the history of dress and seventeenth-century political theory. I argue that sartorial-political speech underscores the limits of Royalist/Stuart politics, responding with alternative sites of local, aristocratic, and non-legislative political power. I consider diverse representations of dress, from locally-produced textiles to spectacular widow ensembles to possibly-counterfeit jewels, showing how apparel advances loyal-but-resistant political agendas for seventeenth-century women.


  • “Visualizing the Widow Self: Politics, Agency, and Androgyny in Lady Anne Clifford’s Great Picture.” Clio: a Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 48, no. 1. Forthcoming, 2020.
  • “‘A veil of obscure mourning’: Widowhood Dress and Political Authority in Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo and True Relation.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 51, no. 2. Forthcoming, 2021.
  • “‘Political ‘Modes’: Resistant Fashion in Cavendish, Hutchinson, and Evelyn.” English Literary Renaissance. Special issue, ed. Julie Crawford. Expected 2023. (Under review)
  • “Women and Fashion in Print,” ed. Katherine Acheson, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing, general editors Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith. (London: Palgrave, under review).
  • “‘A Serving-Man to become a Queen’: Digitized Woodcuts and the Gender/Class Slide in ‘The Famous Flower of Serving-Men.’” Early Modern Criticism and Politics in a Time of Crisis, ed. Patricia Palmer and David Baker Santa Barbara: EMC Imprint. Forthcoming 2020.
  • Anne Clifford.” Coauthored with Megan Matchinske. In Oxford Bibliographies (obo), “Renaissance and Reformation,” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • Dangerous Conjectures’: Ophelia’s Ballad Performance.” Coauthored with David J. Baker, Travis Alexander, Adam Engel, Mary Learner, and Ashley Werlinich. Ballads and Performance: The Multi-Modal Stage in Early Modern England, ed. Patricia Fumerton (Santa Barbara: EMC Imprint, 2018).


  • Howell-Voitle Dissertation Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Jerry Leath Mills/Studies in Philology Research Travel Grant, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Department of English and Comparative Literature Summer Dissertation Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Grant (2019)
  • Dorothy Ford Wiley Visiting Professor Dissertation Workshop, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018)
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-Aid (2017)
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Award for the Outstanding Record in the First Year of Study, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2015)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume