Department of English
University of California, Berkeley
I'm an associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. I joined the department in 2015 and received tenure in 2021. I primarily work on British and Irish literature since 1900; literature's relation to philosophy—particularly philosophy of mind and moral philosophy; the history of the novel; and the histories of criticism and reading practices. I've also started to write about queer theory, literature, and film.
My book Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2021 as part of the Hopkins Studies in Modernism series. And my article "Derek Jarman and Everything That Is The Case," which brings Jarman and Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus to bear on queer theory, appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Critical Inquiry. My work has also appeared in journals such as ELH, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, and PMLA. I'm currently writing a new book on moral and aesthetic value in modern British fiction.
A list of additional publications is below. Also I tweet irregularly, and poorly, at @categorymistake.
Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind. Johns Hopkins University Press, Nov. 2021 (series: Hopkins Studies in Modernism).
"Derek Jarman and Everything That is the Case." Critical Inquiry (Summer 2022 issue).
Review of Modernism and Close Reading, ed. David James (Oxford UP, 2020). Review of English Studies 1-2 (Summer 2020).
"Consciousness in the Balance." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 50.2 (Summer 2017).
“No Symbols Where None Intended.” PMLA 130.3 (Fall 2015). Contribution to "Theories and Methodologies: Learning to Read," edited by Deidre Lynch and Evelyne Ender.
“Mindless Modernism.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 46.1 (Summer 2013).
“Behaviorism and the Beginnings of Close Reading.” ELH 78.1 (Spring 2011).