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Curriculum Vitae


2005- Present: PhD in English Literature (University of Warwick)
Thesis: 'Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615-1691): Science and Medicine in Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen's Writing'
Supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Clarke and Professor Bernard Capp


2004-2005: MA in English Literature, with Distinction (University of Warwick)
Concentration Pathway: Contemporary Perspectives on Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Literature
Dissertation: 'Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615-1691): Her Receipt Books, Scientific Knowledge and Intellectual Community' [supervised by Dr Elizabeth Clarke]


1999-2002: BA in English Literature, with Honours--GPA: 3.89 (Roosevelt University, Chicago)
Minors: Women's & Gender Studies and Social Justice Studies


Book Review of Men, Women, and the Birthing of Modern Science, ed. Judith P. Zinsser, in British Journal for the History of Science 40(4) December 2007, p. 607-08.

'Aletheia Howard, Countess of Arundel (d. 1654)' entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford UP, October 2006).

Co-contributor for Great Britain section in Bibliographie Internationale de l'Humanisme et de la Renaissance, Vols. 2002 & 2003 (Librairie Droz, 2006 & 2007).

Conference Papers

'Anna Trapnel's Prophecies: Changing Representations of Divine Authority, 1654-58' at 14th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: 'Continuities and Change'. University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (June 2008). Funded by ASSEC.

'Openness vs. Secrecy in the Letters of Lady Ranelgh' at Secrets and Knowledge: Medicine, Science and Commerce 1500-1800. Cambridge University (February 2008).

'The Draft of Elizabeth Isham's Medical Recipe Book' at Constructing Elizabeth Isham (1608-1654). Princeton University (September 2007). Funded by British Academy.

'Author or Icon?': Aletheia Talbot Howard, Countess of Arundel, and her Relationship to Natura Exenterata (1655)' at Icons and Iconoclasts: The Long Seventeenth Century, 1603-1714. Aberdeen University (July 2006).

'The Literary Significance of Early Modern Women's Medical Receipt Books' at the Founding Conference for the British Society for Literature and Science. Glasgow University (March 2006).

'The Scientific Community of Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1614-1691)' at the Postgraduate Conference for the British Society for the History of Science. Brighton University (January 2006).

'"Mother of Chemistry"?: The Receipt Books of Lady Ranelagh' at Still Kissing the Rod?: Early Modern Women's Writing in 2005. St. Hilda's College, Oxford University (July 2005).

'Voice and Gender in Aphra Behn's "The Dumb Virgin"' at Women and Creativity 10th Annual Conference. Marquette University, USA (April 2004).

Conference Organisation

Co-Organiser (with Sara Pennell) of 'Reading and Writing Recipe Books: 1600-1800'. Forthcoming at Warwick University (August 2008). Funded by ASSEC and Royal Historical Society. Co-Sponsored by Warwick University's Department of English and Centre for the History of Medicine.

Co-Organiser (with Alice Eardley and Rebecca Hayes) of 'Wanton Nights and Riotous Feasts': Early Modern Representations of Virtue and Vice. Warwick University (April 2006). Jointly funded by the HRC, Warwick University Department of English and Warwick University Department of History.

Organiser and Chair of the panel 'Reading Medical Texts: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Methodology' at the English Postgraduate Research Seminar Series. I also presented a version of my paper 'The Literary Significance of Early Modern Women's Medical Receipt Books'. Warwick University (March 2006).

Teaching Experience

2007/2008 Academic Year: University of Warwick, Department of English

EN121 Medieval to Renaissance English Literature - Seminar Tutor --3 Groups

Visiting Lecturer on EN1113: English Literature 1585-1800 at University of Worcester: Lecture 'Aphra Behn's Oroonoko'


2006/2007 Academic Year: University of Warwick, Department of English

EN122 Modes of Reading - Seminar Tutor--1 Group

EN228 Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture - Seminar Tutor--2 Groups

Delivered lectures: 'Re-Reading John Webster's The White Devil' and 'Aphra Behn's Oroonoko'

Grants and Awards

American Study and Student Exchange Committee (ASSEC): US/Warwick Interchange Conference Award

£5,000 awarded to host the international conference 'Reading and Writing Recipe Books: 1600-1800' at Warwick Univeristy in August 2008.


Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Postgraduate Award

£1,500 awarded to cover research expenses from March 2007 until March 2009


 Making Publics 1500-1700 (MaPs Project) Summer Seminar Fellowship: McGill University, Montreal

Summer Seminar Participant award to reside at McGill University, Montreal, from 18 July – 18 August 2007 to participate in MaPs Project 2007 Summer Seminar 'Making Publics in Interregnum England' and attend annual meeting. All expenses paid.


Administrative Responsibilities

2006-2007: Convenor of the Arts Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Seminar Series

2005-2006: Co-Chair of the English Department Postgraduate Staff-Student Liason Committee (PGSSLC)

2005-2006: Co-Convenor of the English Postgraduate Research Seminar Series

Additional Experience

2007-Present: Postgraduate Member of Project Team for Constructing Elizabeth Isham 1608-1654 

2004-Present: Volunteer for the Perdita Project

2003-2004: Judge for Lambda Literary Awards in categories LGBT Studies (2004) and Memoir (2003). Served on Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Committee in 2004.

2000-2001: Certified as an Adult Reading Tutor through Literacy Volunteers of America. Followed by one year of tutoring adult reading.

Professional Memberships

2005-Present: British Society for the History of Science

2006-Present: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

2006-Present: British Society for Literature and Science

2007-Present: Modern Language Association