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Research and Teaching Interests: English Renaissance poetry and prose, Milton, Reformation studies, literature and law

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Davidson College
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English Renaissance Literature

Originally a Birmingham native, I returned home to join the UAB English Department in 2000, and I currently have the honor to be the Department Chair. Whenever I get a chance to take off my administrative hat, I’m happy to step either into the classroom or into whatever research project I have going at the time. As a teacher, my special strengths are in courses such as Shakespeare, Renaissance Poetry, Milton, and anything where I get to work with students on their writing skills. As a scholar, I have published a number of books and articles on a broad spectrum of early modern literature, but my true specialty is the works of John Milton. In recent years, I have published two books exploring the way that law, justice, and questions of jurisdiction shape Milton’s writing. And when I’m not being a teacher, scholar, or administrator, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and our dogs.

  • Recent Courses
    • Milton
    • Renaissance Poetry and Prose
    • Shakespeare
    • Reading, Writing, and Research for the English Major
    • English Capstone Seminar
  • Select Publications


    Articles and Other Works

    • “Roman Law and Equity in John Milton’s Divorce Tracts,” Critical Analysis of Law 5:2 (2019): 27-43 .
    • “The Lay Reader’s Guide to Milton v. Cope: Trust, Debt, and Loss in Chancery.” Milton Quarterly 52 (2018): 113-127. .
    • “Defending Milton’s Pro Se Defensio: A Legal Reading.” Milton Quarterly 51 (2017): 75-96.
    • “Milton and Legal Reform,” Renaissance Quarterly 69 (2016):529-65.
    • “Satan’s Pardon: The Forms of Judicial Mercy in Paradise Lost,” Milton Studies 55 (2014):177-206.
    • “Lucrece’s Time,” Shakespeare Quarterly 64 (2013): 165-87.
    • “Marking Time: Astrology, Almanacs, and English Protestantism,” Renaissance Quarterly 60 (2008):1257-90.
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Editorial Board, Milton Quarterly
    • Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award, 2016
    • National Association of Academic Advisors, Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2014
    • UAB Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2014
    • UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010
  • Student Groups

    Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta.