I received my PhD in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. I have published articles in Victorian Studies, Philological Quarterly, and the collection Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. I am currently finishing my first book, Dialect Acts: Identity Performance on the Victorian Page and Stage.
At UC Merced, I teach nineteenth-century British literature, gender studies, and English linguistics for the English major. In 2014, I joined the faculty of the Dickens Project, a Multi-Campus Research Unit (MRU) devoted to promoting study of the life, times, and works of Charles Dickens. Each summer at the Dickens Universe I teach classes made up of academics and members of the general public.
I currently serve on the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly, representing the Executive Committee on Language Change. At UC Merced, I have served as a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW) and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project.